Recipe Roundup: Delicious Pesto Meals

My mom is full-blooded Italian, so I grew up eating lots of authentic Italian dishes. One of my absolute favorites as a kid was pasta with homemade pesto sauce; I could eat huge heaping bowls of it, oil dripping down my chin, and still want seconds and thirds. When I first started learning to cook, I always bought the jarred stuff (which is still delicious) not having any idea how easy it was to make from scratch. Once I tried my Nani’s recipe though, I never went back. It’s quick, easy, fresh and tastes heavenly. Here’s the recipe and a handful of delicious pesto meals for busy mamas. 

5 Minute Basil Pesto PicMonkey

5 Minute Basil Pesto
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 cups fresh basil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  4. 2 tbsp. pine nuts
  5. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Wash basil and separate leaves from stems.
  2. Place basil leaves in a food processor with the minced garlic (use fresh for this recipe--it's much better!)
  3. Pulse until basil is finely chopped.
  4. Add oil and pine nuts gradually, scraping down the sides with a spatula, if necessary.
  5. Add cheese last and stop processing when all ingredients are blended. The sauce will be a little chunky.
  6. Serve with your favorite dish or refrigerate immediately. Will keep in the fridge for up to one week.
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 Delicious Pesto Meals Pinterest

1. Italian Chicken Bake: I love to make this one when I’m crunched for time and I need a delicious, cheap meal to come together fast. This one uses jarred pesto, which you can also do to save time, if you’d prefer. 

2. Pesto Pizza: We make homemade pizza lot in our house because it’s easy and very inexpensive (plus, who the hell doesn’t love pizza?) This recipe is a favorite of mine because it breaks up the monotony of always doing a pizza with red sauce.

3. Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta: This stuff is to die for and very easy to make. If you want to make it even easier, dice up a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken breasts. 

4. Parmesan Crusted Pesto Grilled Cheese: Easy way to give traditional grilled cheese a delicious kick. Add some tomatoes to top it off. 

5. Pesto & eggs: This recipe is just sort of a jumping off point, because there’s a lot you can do with pesto and eggs and the combination is dynamite. I usually make an omelet or scramble with onions and bell peppers plus some eggplant, tomatoes or zucchini. Then I add a generous scoop of my homemade pesto and some fresh or shredded mozzarella cheese. Perfection. 

What are some of your favorite delicious pesto meals? Leave me some of your go-to recipes in the comments!


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Melissa Mowry is a stay at home mom to 3 year old Chase and the slightly younger guy, Sam. She is the main voice behind One Mother to Another, which she started in July 2014 as a way to connect with other moms who felt just as lonely as she did some days. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Adam, and they live in their home state of Rhode Island. Melissa's work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, Coffee + Crumbs and Mamapedia, among others. Her book, One Mother to Another: This Is Just Between Us is for sale on Amazon.
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