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Aug 7, 2006 05:17 PM

Pesto ideas -- non-pasta/low carb

Over the weekend, I made a big batch of pesto with the gorgeous basil from my farmers' market. Have already had with gemelli, and it's very very good. I'm trying to watch my carb intake and am limiting pasta so I'd appreciate some inspiration on other ways to use up the pesto. I've already thought of chicken salad with pesto, schmear pesto on beefy tomatoes and enjoy as a first course, and obviously, licking it right off the spoon... it's so good. I bet a pesto shrimp salad would be good. Does it go well with fish? I've checked epicurious and I want ideas from you guys.


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  1. Pesto, at least for me, is great on fish. I also like it on ribbons of zucchini and on spaghetti squash. Chicken breast sandwich. Actually, a tomato and fresh mozzarella panini is perfect. Unfortunately, every other suggestion I have involves carbs.

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    1. re: chaddict

      My first thought as to make thin egg crepes without flour in a non-stick pan and then stack them and cut them into thin ribbons like linguine, then toss with your pesto.

      1. re: niki rothman

        this sounds delicious! I am so excited to eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Do you flip the "crepe"?

    2. Pesto roasted chicken: smear a little under the skin and on the outside of a chicken, then roast as usual.

      1. You can also stick some in the freezer for use at another time. It holds up pretty well.

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        1. re: valerie

          I usually do that, in ice cube trays, but I forgot and added in all the cheese, which I leave out if I remember and intend to freeze. So, I'd like to use it up. The roast chicken idea sounds good. Unfortunately the panini ideas involve carbs in the bread! LOL... Any others?

          1. re: yumyum

            I know! I can't get away from the carbs. Just make a mozzarella and tomato stack w/ the pesto, skip the bread.

        2. I serve it with chicken paillard - maybe adding a little more olive oil than I would for pasta, since I think the residual water on the pasta dilutes the pesto just slightly. You could also melt some mozzarella on the chicken breasts first.

          1. It's definitely good on salmon--smear some on and grill wrapped in foil. I imagine it would be good on other fish, too, or shrimp.