5 Amazing Pesto Recipes from Martha Stewart

Pesto is simple to make and delicious to eat. Herbaceous and garlicky, it brings bland dishes to life and takes tasty foods over the top. Here are some of our favorite dishes featuring flavorful pesto.

By: Anna Decker / 11/26/2018

1. Creamy Goat Cheese Penne with Zucchini & Mushrooms

What’s the best way to get kids—well, anyone, really—to eat their veggies? Mix them with pasta and plenty of cheese, of course! The veggies in this dish—zucchini and mushrooms—are sautéed to silky perfection. And we doubled up on cheese with a combo of sweet, creamy goat cheese and salty, nutty Parmesan. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

2. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Lima Beans and Baby Spinach

What’s better than pesto? How about a pesto made with sweet sun-dried tomatoes? This bold sauce gets tossed with spaghetti, meaty lima beans, and fresh mozzarella. Make sure to add enough reserved pasta water to help the flavors come together. The best part—this meal will be on your table in 20 minutes. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

3. Tortelloni with Kale Pesto and Tomato-Basil Salad

This meal combines some of our favorite warm weather delights—pesto, tomatoes, and basil. But, the twist here is that you won't find the basil in the pesto because the fresh sauce is made of nutritious, delicious kale! Fresh ribbons of basil are tossed with sliced tomatoes and a slightly sweet white balsamic vinaigrette. Garlicky ciabatta bread is perfect for sopping up every last drop of pesto. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

4. Zucchini & Basil Pesto Pizza with Tomato Salad

Thin ribbons of zucchini make for an elegant topping along with delicious basil pesto for a summery pizza. The summer celebration continues with a juicy tomato and onion salad that uses shallots for a slightly more delicate onion flavor. The salad is tossed with a red wine vinaigrette, also flavored with a bit of pesto, for a basil lift. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

5. Warm Pesto Ravioli Salad with Arugula and Tomatoes

This warm ravioli salad lets you indulge in tender, stuffed pasta while also feeling good about the fact that you're loading up with nutritious greens! Peppery arugula is folded into the still-warm ravioli, which is coated in delicious basil pesto. Strips of shaved Parmesan cheese are scattered on top along with chopped almonds for crunch. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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