8 Family Favorite Recipes Using Pesto

Snag some basil pesto and get ready to rock it in the kitchen with these easy peasy recipes using pesto. These have been long time reader favorites and I can’t wait for y’all to try them!

Recipes Using Pesto

Recipes Using Pesto

There are SO MANY uses for pesto and I’m excited to share our favorites today!

Whether you use leftover homemade pesto or snag a jar of store bought pesto, these pesto kissed recipes are the perfect way to use it up!

Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza

1. Three-Cheese Pesto Flatbread Pizza

Alternate title: how to eat an entire 5oz box of spinach for lunch with out making a frickin’ salad. Haha!

This is one of my most popular recipes! Each flatbread features fresh spinach, garlic, pesto, and a trio of melty cheeses. Using store bought pita or naan bread makes this delicious pizza oh-so speedy!

reader review

“I made this pizza for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I can’t believe how easy it was to make and how perfectly the flavors came together. I’ve never commented on a recipe but couldn’t resist commenting on this one!!! Homerun!” – Kathleen

Pesto Parmesan Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

2. Parmesan Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

Tender strands of squash tossed with spinach, pesto, and parmesan, then topped with the most delicious seasoned shrimp. This is one of my favorite recipes using pesto!

reader review

“Excellent excellent excellent dish & very easy to make. I used jar pesto sauce. I’ve made it twice and just so good. I treated myself to buy more shrimp just to make again. I added some carmalized Vidalia onions to the dish. Made it even better you won’t be disappointed in this dish.” – Christine

Vegan Grilled Cheese - Three Ways! VEGAN Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese

3. Easy Spinach + Pesto Grilled Cheese

This easy cheesy grilled cheese is ready to straight-up rock your socks off! The recipe includes instructions for making it plant-based with vegan cheeze slices but can also be made plain ole vegetarian with your favorite melty cheese. Enjoy!

Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles in a Parmesan Pesto Cream Sauce

4. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto Shrimp

Ready for some easy peasy comfort food with a light and creamy twist? These Zucchini Noodles with pesto cream sauce are topped with speedy sautéed shrimp and are SO delicious!

reader review

“Just made this tonight and it was delicious! I did add just a small amount of angel hair pasta and some red pepper flakes. Will be making this again very soon!” – Jennifer

Tasty Recipes Using Pesto - Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

5. Cheesy Pesto Chicken and Veggie Stuffed Squash

This pesto-spiked recipe is one of our favorite ways to eat spaghetti squash! It’s easy, cheesy, and full of flavor.

reader review

“I have made this several times. A winner. I have used several different cheeses and I also use a whole bag of spinach, it wilts. A must try.” – Mary Ann

Pesto Veggie Manicotti

6. Pesto Veggie Manicotti

This delish recipe has been in our family for ages! There’s almost always a batch in my freezer at all times and my go-to when friends or family need a hearty vegetarian meal. Hopefully you’ll love it as much as we do!

reader review

“I made this last night for dinner.  I did add some crumbled Italian sausage to the cheese & veggies.  SO GOOD.  We have already added it in to our favorite recipes book!!!” – Jaclyn

Slow Cooker Potato Soup with Pesto

7. Cheesy Pesto Potato Soup

Creamy potato soup is the ultimate comfort food! This Cheesy Pesto Potato Soup is a lighter twist on the classic with all the bowl-licking flavor of the original! Instant Pot + Slow Cooker instructions included.

bff review

“Ugh, put more of this in my face, NOW! Delicious, quick and easy, and super fulfilling.” – Jeannie

Shrimp Pesto Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms

This Shrimp Pesto Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms features tender pasta swirled with pesto, veggies, and perfectly sauteed shrimp. Everyone in my family loves this easy, yet impressive, weeknight dinner!

reader review

“Made this last week and got a thumbs up from my husband. Each of us actually had two servings! I was looking for a pesto pasta dish and stumbled upon yours. The recipe is easy to follow… and I can also use the shrimp recipe for a simple sautéd shrimp with salad another day.” – Alice

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