19 of Our Favorite Pestos—from Classic to Funky

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, if one is in possession of some kind of green thing and some kind of nut, one can make some kind of pesto. Frothy carrot tops? Whiz them in the food processor with almonds. Transform your broccoli or your thyme windfall. Use up a bag of arugula on its last legs by blending it up with walnuts and olive oil and Parmesan. What you do with it then? It’s up to you—but pasta (or toast, or eggs, or salad) is always a safe bet.

Here are 19 of our favorite pestos—from the classic (basil) to the funkier (chard stems):

Simple Vegan Pesto

Simple Vegan Pesto by Gena Hamshaw

Penne with Creamed Greens and Pancetta

Penne with Creamed Greens and Pancetta by Amanda Hesser

Mezzi Rigatoni with Broccoli Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella

Mezzi Rigatoni with Broccoli Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella by Josh Cohen

Mango Salad with Fennel Frond Pesto

Mango Salad with Fennel Frond Pesto by arielleclementine

Pesto alla Genovese

Pesto alla Genovese by Emiko

Portobello Sliders with Pepita Pesto

Portobello Sliders with Pepita Pesto by Love and Lemons

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto by Kenzi Wilbur

Soba with Parsley-Pea Pesto and Kale

Soba with Parsley-Pea Pesto and Kale by kangarhubarb

Kale Pesto Orecchiette

Kale Pesto Orecchiette by Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Farro & Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Arugula Walnut Pesto

Farro & Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Arugula Walnut Pesto by thirschfeld

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream by fiveandspice

Swiss Chard Stalk Pesto with Pepitas

Swiss Chard Stalk Pesto with Pepitas by QueenSashy

Garlic Mustard Pesto

Garlic Mustard Pesto by tama matsuoka wong

Artichokes with Parsley and Preserved Lemon Pesto

Artichokes with Parsley and Preserved Lemon Pesto by solmstea

Mint-Pistachio Pesto

Mint-Pistachio Pesto by em-i-lis

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata by Kenzi Wilbur

Cold-Weather Soupe au Pistou

Cold-Weather Soupe au Pistou by Caroline Lange

Gazpacho with Spring Pesto

Gazpacho with Spring Pesto by Sarah Jampel

Scallion Pesto-Crusted Chicken

Scallion Pesto-Crusted Chicken by secretsofahomecook

This article was written by Caroline Lange from Food52 and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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