How to Use Up Herbs

One of the easiest, most useful things you can do when you have leftover fresh herbs is to make a pesto. This easy pesto recipe calls for basil leaves, but you can make pesto with any fresh green herb or even leafy greens, from mint and parsley to watercress and spinach. This classic basil pesto also includes Parmigiano Reggiano, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil. Once made, you can use it to top everything from pasta to eggs. It keeps in the refrigerator for up to three days, or store it in the freezer for as long as a month. Your pesto could be a lifesaver for weeknight dinners.

A perfect pesto recipe has as many uses as it does variations. This basic basil version can brighten up any number of things, like grilled corn, vegetable soup, scrambled eggs, or asparagus and goat cheese grilled pizza. Game plan: The pesto can be made up to 3 days in advance.... Read More