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What to do with Leftover Pesto

What to do with Leftover Pesto will give you a few ideas on how to use this delicious spread. The possibilites are endless from appetizers to dinner.

If you’re looking for more ideas for pesto, Easy Pesto Recipe with Fresh Basil and Perfect Creamy Pesto Pasta are recipes to explore.

What to do with Leftover Pesto - jar of pesto, sandwich with pesto and fresh tomatoes
What to do with Leftover Pesto

It’s the height of summer, and you’ve got basil coming out of your ears.  What should you do with this delicious herb?  Make pesto, of course.

Now that you’ve made the pesto, what are you going to do with it all?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

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Here’s What to do with Leftover Pesto:  

1) Add pesto to potatoes

How to Use Leftover Pesto with mashed potatoes

Potatoes and pesto go well together.  There are so many different ways to add them to this versatile vegetable.

You can add a dollop to mashed potatoes or how about layering your baked potato with butter, pesto, sour cream and chives?

If you do potato bars for your family and gatherings, add some pesto to the bar to add a little taste of summer.

You can also add pesto to your potato salad.

Toss your new potatoes in pesto before roasting them in the oven for a surprising change.

2) Leftover pesto adds flavor to eggs

Pesto on Eggs and Toast
Pesto on Eggs and Toast

Whether you add a little pesto to your breakfast sandwich, scrambled eggs, or omelets, it gives your morning a little bit more zip.

You could also add a layer of pesto to hard boiled eggs cut in half.

3) Soup goes from good to “wow” with pesto

How to Use Leftover Pesto - Topping Soup

I love to add a little leftover pesto to the top of my soup.  We all know tomatoes and basil are the perfect pair, and so are tomato soup with a touch of pesto.

4) Instead of using tomato sauce on your pizza, try pesto instead

Pesto on Pizza
Pesto on Pizza

Pesto on pizza is one of those things that after you try it once, you’ll be hooked.

The first time I had it, I was a visitor in a quaint town on the water.  The local pizza place was pretty famous in the area and I had to try it out.

Biting into that first slice of pesto pizza is a memory I will never forget.  Add a little seaside view to the equation, and you have heaven on earth.

5) Use pesto as a spread for sandwiches

Use Leftover Pesto on Sandwiches

This is one of the simplest ways to use up your pesto and add a twist to your sandwich at the same time.

Pesto works well on flatbread sandwiches, subs, and in wraps.

6) Bagel with cream cheese and pesto 

Leftover Peston on top of a sliced bagel with cream cheese and capers

Adding pesto to your morning bagel is a good thing to try.  I like to layer my toasted bagel with cream cheese, pesto, onion, sliced tomatoes and capers.

Try it, you’ll love this tasty combination.

7) Pesto paired with seafood

Leftover pesto on shrimp

Grilled seafood is part of summer, and adding pesto to your favorite catch is the perfect way to combine two of your favorite things together.

Salmon, shrimp, mussels, oysters, and even lobster are the perfect starting point to add a coating of yummy pesto to.

8) Caprese salad with balsamic and pesto

Caprese Salad with leftover pesto

Tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, a fresh basil leaves are wonderful together.  Make the combination even more magical with a drizzle of pesto to dip each bite into.

9) Use pesto as a marinade for your meat  

Use leftover pesto as a marinade for meat

Pesto makes the perfect marinade for pork chops or any type of meat.  Whether you use the marinade for steak kabobs, chicken skewers or ham steak, pesto compliments every meal.

10. Use pesto in your dip recipes

Use Leftover Pesto as a dip

Don’t these appetizers look amazing?  They are chickpea carrot balls and what could be better than dipping them in pesto sauce.

11) Your childhood favorite grilled cheese just got a makeover with pesto  

Leftover Pesto on Grilled Cheese

Adding pesto to your grilled cheese sandwich takes a childhood classic and turns it into a gourmet meal.  Add a bowl of soup and you’ve got a meal that will make your entire family happy.

12) Pesto stuffed tomatoes

Use Leftover Pesto in Stuffed Tomatoes

Pesto added to tuna fish, egg or chicken salad and stuffed in cherry tomatoes would be a delicious way to create fun appetizers.

These cherry tomatoes are stuffed with avocados mixed with pesto.

13) Pesto mixed with vegetables

Mix leftover pesto with stir-fry vegetables

I love adding pesto to my vegetables.  It’s a quick way to turn a side dish into something you’ll love.

My favorite combination is mushrooms and pesto, but you can add them to cauliflower, carrots, green beans, or corn on the cob.

We’ve reached the end of What to do with Leftover Pesto.  I hope you found a couple new ideas that you can use.

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To find out more about basil, I wrote a post on Interesting Facts About Basil.

How to Use Leftover Pesto - Pesto Jar with ribbon and silver spoon next to a sandwich

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