If you’ve got basil pesto on hand, whether store-bought or homemade, you’ve got an instant source of bright, potent flavor that works as both a condiment and an ingredient in cooking. Use it to dress baked or boiled potatoes, as a sandwich spread, or stir a dollop into chicken or potato salad. It makes a great pizza sauce; Davwud likes it paired with shrimp and Brie. AnneMarieDear finishes a potato and onion frittata with pesto. In addition to tossing it with pasta on its own, hounds like to mix it with marinara sauce. Pesto is also great for making quick eggplant Parmesan and similar dishes “where you have a simple tomato sauce but want a great deal of herbal and garlicky oomph and fast,” says Karl S.

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