How to use pesto:
7 original Italian recipes
Since our origins are in Liguria region, we can’t help giving you all the information about Genoese Pesto. But how can pesto be used in food preparations? According to tradition, this sauce is perfect to dress pasta (everybody knows Trofie with Pesto Cream Sauce) but it can also be used in several different preparations, like lasagna with pesto, green beans and potatoes. Here a list of 7 original Italian Recipes to enhance your Pesto and give a Ligurian touch to your dishes:
1. Risotto with Pesto and Shrimps
Risotto looks elegant and complicated, but it doesn’t take much heavy lifting in the kitchen:
you can prepare this main dish simply boiling rice, dressing it with pesto and topping it with shrimps seared with white wine. The delicate flavor of Pesto Cream Sauce matches perfectly with the sweet taste of Shrimps: effortless but incredibly tasty.
2. Minestrone Vegetable Soup with Pesto
"Minestrone" is the Italian word for vegetable soup and is the typical dinner for many of us, especially in those cold winter days when the vegetable soup will "heat your stomach" (and your heart, there's nothing better to come back home in a rainy day and finding a steaming dish of Minestrone). However, it can be a bit "boring" so in Liguria we found a way to make this healthy but not always attractive dish a gourmet preparation. The original preparation from Genoa includes beans, potatoes, fava beans, zucchini, cauliflower, mushrooms and of course Pesto.
3. Gnocchi with Pesto
Anyone else love a meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes? After pasta, rice and soup, another incredible Italian Pesto Recipes for a main dish is with gnocchi. Gnocchi are small little potato dumplings that are native to Italy and typically served with sauce. It’s made similarly to pasta, except with potato added to the dough. You can make gnocchi from the scratch or you can use the store bought... the result is a recipe with just a few ingredients, but that tastes like it came straight from a restaurant.
4. Frittata with Vegetables and Pesto
Having a "frittata" (an omelette) ready in the fridge is such a handy meal option. This is a great recipe to add to your meal prep list, if you’re partial to getting everything organised for your week ahead. But even if you’re not, this frittata is really pretty quick, so you can mix it up on a weeknight. And it’s also lovely to make for a group brunch. Another wonderful thing about this recipe is its versatility. Into this Pesto vegetable frittata you can basically drop in just about whatever vegetables you like. So, whisk up some eggs and give this simple recipe a try. It’s such a delicious way to get in lots of veggies, alongside nutritious eggs which are full of healthy fats and replenishing protein. All of the good things.
5. Focaccia Sandwich with mozzarella, tomato and pesto
A vegetarian sandwich with four ingredients that perfectly represent Italy: focaccia, fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese and Basil Pesto. This is the perfect food to take in the park or on the beach... And the best part is that you don't have to spend a long time in the kitchen!
6. Filet with pesto
If you love rare steaks, you must try it topped with basil pesto. The juiciness of high quality meat is completed and balanced by delicate pesto sauce. Put it on your steak when still hot.
7. Tomatoes filled with mozzarella and pesto
Another interpretation of the never-failing combination tomato, mozzarella & pesto. This time you can make it a little bit more elaborated and tasty by filling tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes) with a mixture of mozzarella cheese, pesto and tomato pulp and cook them in a pan or bake them in the oven.