My house mate could sit and polish off a jar of pesto in an evening. He’d spoon it out of the jar straight into his mouth. For me it was something I’d get the occasional craving for, but after one meal I’d had enough of it for a while.
The pesto ended up turning greener than it already was in the fridge, before sporting a fury jacket and eventually becoming food waste.
Here are fifteen ways to use up pesto. Please add your suggestions to the comments below!
1- Pesto freezes well. Put it in ice cube trays and pull one out when you want to liven up a small portion of pasta.
2- Jazz up mashed potato with a teaspoon of pesto mixed in.
3- Marinade chicken breasts or lamb steaks with pesto and bake in the oven.
4- Toast a baguette, spread with pesto and top with sliced chicken left over from your Sunday roast.
5- Add to soups to enrich the taste. It’s especially yummy in tomato or minestrone soup.
6- Add to mayonnaise and serve on green salad leaves for pesto mayonnaise.
7- Spread on fish fillets, such as cod, wrap in greaseproof paper and oven bake.
8- Rub over fresh sardines and grill on the barbecue.
9- Mix pesto with ricotta cheese and use in place of traditional sauce for a quick vegetarian lasagne.
10- Toss par boiled potatoes in pesto and arrange on a roasting tin with hot oil for pesto roast potatoes.
11- Mix with crème fraiche; as a dip for crudités.
12- Mix with cubed ham and grated cheese and use in a toasted sandwich. Or used on a pizza base instead of tomato purée.
13- Mix with diced avocado and serve with cooked pasta, rice or a jacket potato
14- Mix with cold pasta, tinned tuna and sweetcorn for a pasta salad. (Great for a zero waste lunch box)
15- Add to an omelette or frittata mix.
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