Pesto, Change-o: 5 Recipes to Use Up Leftover Basil

By: KC Cibran

When you’re short on time but need to add a punch of flavor, turn to one of our favorite condiments: pesto. The versatile, herbaceous sauce can be spread on sandwiches, tossed with pasta or used to marinate meat. It’s also great for using bunches of leftover basil and other herbs you have sitting around.

Find out how your favorite chefs make pesto with six of our favorite recipes, including Kelsey Nixon’s Every Herb Pesto (pictured above) — mint, tarragon and basil — perfect for topping crunchy crostini.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2009, Jeremiah Alley. 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2009, Jeremiah Alley. 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos use Parmesan and Romano cheeses for salty flavor and creaminess in their classic basil pesto.

Grilled Tuna With Basil Pesto

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Giada De Laurentiis pairs easy pesto with grilled tuna steaks. Sliced rare tuna is the perfect poolside bite or party appetizer.

Bobby Deen puts a healthy spin on his fettuccine with a broccoli pesto, whole-wheat noodles and bright sun-dried tomatoes.

PESTO POTATO SALAD, Ellie Krieger, Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger/Cool Food, Food Network, Small Red Potatoes, Yellow Pepper, Red Pepper, Basil Pesto, Pine Nuts, Basil Leaves, Parmesan, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Switch up the sides at your next barbecue with Ellie Krieger’s zesty potato salad, which is dressed with pesto instead of mayonnaise.

Get More Basil Recipes from Our Friends:
In Jennie's Kitchen: Peach & Basil Panzanella
The Lemon Bowl: Thai Basil Shrimp

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Basil Seeds Limeade

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