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Ways to use pesto without pasta

ScarletB Jul 16, 2009 10:53 AM

I have a couple beautiful pineapple sage plants that smell amazing and I'm thinking of making a type of pesto (more of a sauce since no cheese) with them. Before I do that, though, I'm wondering what I can do with it once its made. I cannot eat potatoes and most pastas, or dairy.
So, any suggestions of what to do with a pesto type sauce? Thanks in advance!

  1. CreativeFoodie42 Jul 16, 2009 02:52 PM

    This is the recipe for one of my favorite dishes - Salmon with Puff Pastry and Pesto. This is a ridiculously easy recipe and I get a lot of compliments on the presentation!


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    1. re: CreativeFoodie42
      nvcook Jul 16, 2009 03:29 PM

      I love to take boneless, skinless chicken breasts, open them (like to stuff a pork chop) and then add lots of pesto ( I also use a swiss cheese mix, but if you leave it out, no big deal). Then I wrap the breast with prosciutto and then bake. About 350 fot 30 min - depends on size of breasts.

    2. shaogo Jul 16, 2009 02:41 PM

      Stick a spaghetti squash in the microwave and cook it about 15-20 minutes. Pull the "spaghetti" out with a fork and enjoy -- with your pesto.

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        Harters Jul 16, 2009 02:32 PM

        If you're OK with rice, then a salad.

        Use risotto rice. Stir in pesto & chopped spring onions.

        1. HillJ Jul 16, 2009 02:23 PM

          Once you make the pesto add it to ground lamb for burgers or lamb loaf.
          Use as a salad dressing by up'ing the oil
          As a dip for raw veggies
          Brushed on eggplant or port mushrooms and grilled

          1. boogiebaby Jul 16, 2009 01:11 PM

            I'm not a fan of pesto with pasta, but I adore it with pork chops! I chop up garlic (a good amount), lemon zert and some fresh thyme, add in some lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil and rub it into some pork chops. Let sit for about 30 minutes at room temp. Grill or pan fry, then serve with pesto.

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              cheesecake17 Jul 16, 2009 12:11 PM

              Pesto is also great tossed with green beans (blanched) and cherry tomatoes.

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              1. re: cheesecake17
                ScarletB Jul 16, 2009 12:14 PM

                Yum! Wish my green beans were doing better this year. I'll pick some up at the farmer's market this weekend. Last year we had a crazy abundance of green beans in our yard and ate them almost every day and really relished it. Great suggestion!

                1. re: ScarletB
                  cheesecake17 Jul 16, 2009 12:31 PM

                  Enjoy! I also had a white bean and pesto spread that I really liked.

                2. re: cheesecake17
                  Sal Vanilla Jul 16, 2009 12:20 PM


                  1. re: cheesecake17
                    Phurstluv Jul 16, 2009 12:22 PM

                    Second the green beans & tomatoes. Try it on roasted mushrooms!

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                    ScarletB Jul 16, 2009 12:07 PM

                    Thanks so much for all the suggestions everyone! I love the idea of tossing it with shrimp or chicken. I can eat gluten in small quantities so it's generally easier not to, and my mind was blanking on using this kind of sauce without pasta or cheese. Guess I'm going to be making some pesto this weekend. Yay!

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                    1. re: ScarletB
                      yumyum Jul 16, 2009 01:02 PM

                      Rancho Gordo (of the great heirloom beans) has a recipe for beans, shrimp and pesto that is simply delicious.


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                      Sal Vanilla Jul 16, 2009 11:54 AM

                      I roast veggies and then when done toss them with pesto.

                      I also adore grilled cheese and tomato and pesto sandwiches. Preferably with sourdough.

                      It is really good on chicken either after cooked or partially cooked, shmear with pesto and then with parm or mozz cheese. YUM

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                        bear Jul 16, 2009 11:37 AM

                        You can coat boneless chicken breasts with pesto and grill them. If you can eat mayo, mix a little pesto and mayo together to coat a toasted roll, add some juicy sliced tomato and some greens, and you have a tasty, easy sandwich.

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                          jmullen1251 Jul 16, 2009 11:22 AM

                          pesto is fantastic in 'dinner eggs' - i make soft scrambled eggs with asparagus, shrimp and a dollop of pesto for a quick, comforting meal

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                          1. re: jmullen1251
                            ScarletB Jul 16, 2009 12:05 PM

                            What a great idea - I eat eggs for dinner all the time, but never thought of putting pesto on them. Too bad asparagus is out of season, but I'll sub in zucchini, of which I have plenty. Thanks!

                          2. hotoynoodle Jul 16, 2009 11:11 AM

                            serve it over grilled polenta
                            stuff it under the skin of chicken or turkey and grill or roast
                            use over fresh tomatoes and corn for salad, or stuff cherry tomatoes with it
                            mix with olive oil over shrimp
                            mix with mayo and slather on salmon steaks ( i know it sounds weird, but i use mayo like this all the time)
                            mix into deviled eggs
                            serve over roasted eggplants and zucchini
                            use as a garnish for white gazpacho

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                            1. re: hotoynoodle
                              ScarletB Jul 16, 2009 12:04 PM

                              The tomato and corn salad with pesto sounds amazing!
                              What is white gazpacho?

                            2. cookieluvntasha Jul 16, 2009 10:59 AM

                              Can you have any gluten? If you can't eat pasta but can eat bread, you can make pinwheel pesto buns, or use the pesto on a pzza dough. Also you can put it on fish or chicken and bake it.

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                              1. re: cookieluvntasha
                                shanagain Jul 16, 2009 11:16 AM

                                We use spinach/basil pesto as a sort of condiment on sandwiches - think muffalettas w/out the tapenade.

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                                  Phurstluv Jul 16, 2009 11:32 AM

                                  Exactly, I mix some with mayo on salami sandwiches. Or mix in with softened butter for flavored butters to use on steamed or grilled vegetables.

                                  Also make it a little loose, and it can be a condiment for steaks (think chimichurri) and grilled chicken, as well as a vinaigrette, just add your favorite vinegar to it.

                                  1. re: Phurstluv
                                    shanagain Jul 16, 2009 11:38 AM

                                    Also good in hummus, come to think of it. (I wonder how many of us will be making pesto today? Because now I'm craving corn on the cob with a pesto butter in a big way!)

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