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My Favorite Healthy Recipes With Pesto

Add these healthy recipes with pesto to your weekly meal planning! All are easy to make and delicious, using freshly homemade or your favorite jarred pesto.

A while back, I had a conversation with a friend about pesto – she had never really used it in her cooking and asked me “what do you do with it??”. I love conversations like this because it makes me remember how much I love exchanging ideas with others when it comes to cooking and food. What may be old news to someone may be completely new to someone else.

I’ve been making and cooking with pesto for years but it wasn’t something I grew up with – even in my Italian family. I started making it when I started cooking as an adult (thank you Giada) and I typically only make it when I have big pots of basil growing on my patio. As much as I wish I could make fresh pesto all the time, reality is, buying a jar of my favorite pesto from Costco happens more often than homemade. When I discovered this pesto (I’m usually hesitant to buy jarred sauces but the ingredient list is pretty straight forward on this one), it became a regular purchase for me when I shop at Costco. It’s one of my favorite convenience items that you can almost always count on finding in my fridge.

My favorite way to use pesto is very basic – tossed in pasta. My kids and husband love pesto pasta and I usually serve it as a simple side or as a main meal with some veggies and chicken. My sister-in-law Jamie introduced me to this Baked Pesto Salmon recipe and I make it very often. My friend Julie recreated one of my favorite soups to order out, this Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto from Panera and it is absolutely delicious! I’ve also used in in cold pasta salad as well as a quick marinade for grilled chicken. So good!

Over the years, I’ve shared a few recipes using pesto here on the blog. I wanted to feature them for anyone else who has recently picked up a big jar of pesto and is wondering what to make!

If you have a favorite recipe using pesto, share it with us in the comments! I always love hearing from you and I know everyone appreciates finding new ways to cook with our favorite ingredients.

My Favorite Healthy Recipes Using Pesto:

This Pesto Pasta with Turkey and Kale is a super easy weeknight meal that will get your kids eating kale! Hearty and healthy recipe via

Pesto Pasta with Turkey and Kale

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Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts

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Brussels Sprouts with an Italian twist! Just a few ingredients, these Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts will make a great addition to any meal! Recipe via

Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Whole Wheat Orzo with Pesto and Peas

Whole Wheat Orzo with Pesto and Peas

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Roasted Red Peppers with Pesto and Goat Cheese

Roasted Red Peppers with Pesto and Goat Cheese

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and some older recipes on the blog that I am going to update soon:

Chicken Pesto Quesadillas

Pesto Chicken Rolls with with Chopped Tomato and Spinach Salad




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4 comments on “My Favorite Healthy Recipes With Pesto”

  1. These look fantastic, Aggie! Thanks for sharing my soup!!

  2. I love pesto and am very picky about jarred pesto…but the Costco pesto is my absolute favorite, too! I love it! Thanks for the recipes! 🙂

  3. I use this pesto weekly in recipes. LOVE it. SO easy, and flavorful. Love the round up, Aggie 🙂

  4. Try pesto with bacon or pistachios. My family loves it.