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

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.

Fresh Pesto

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

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

Fettuccine with Broccoli Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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

Pesto Potato Salad

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

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