In my latest book, Weelicious Lunches, I share the top 10 foods I always have on hand in my refrigerator and pantry. Number 3 on the list is Everyday Pesto. It’s the easiest recipe to make and a fun way to get your kids involved in cooking by letting them help you put all the ingredients in the food processor. You can use this pesto to mix into pasta, rice, quinoa or even to coat on chicken or fish before or after cooking to add a tons of flavor and moisture. It can be used as a base to create a variety of recipes like Egg Pesto Melts while adding a ton of oomph!

Basil Pesto from WeeliciousPin
Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from me every week!

Basil Pesto is easy to make, you can store it for weeks in the fridge and my kids devour it up no matter what I put it on — from pesto fish kabobs, to easy pesto pasta to egg pesto sandwich. Even my husband loves it. And seriously, what’s not to love?!

Speaking of food that’s green, it just dawned on me that St. Patrick’s Day is next Monday. Since I’m such a big fan of using natural green coloring in holiday themed food, I have 23 Dye Free recipes that are perfect for St. Patty’s. I even created an entire St. Patty’s Day menu on my new menu planning service, Weelicious Menus, to help you get in the mood and celebrate whether you’re born with the luck of the Irish or not.

Watch this video to help you get started making something tasty, but also a fun way to get ready for St Patrick’s Day!

Everyday Basil Pesto Video from WeeliciousPin

Basil Pesto

You can use this pesto to mix into pasta, rice, quinoa or even to coat on chicken or fish before or after cooking to add a tons of flavor and moisture.
No ratings yet
Course: Dip, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes



  • Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Puree until smooth.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 390mg | Fiber: 1g
Did you make this recipe?Mention @Weelicious or tag #weelicious!

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. […] garlic and some grated parmesan cheese. I just eyeball it based on how much pasta I am making but here is a great basil pesto recipe with, you know, measurements and […]

  2. […] barely adapted from Weelicious Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeOne blogger likes […]

  3. […] Pound Rotini Pasta (you can also use Shells, Campanelle or Elbow Macaroni) 1/2 Cup Basil Pesto 2 Cups Cooked Chicken, chopped 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 1/2 Cups Grated Mozzarella Cheese 1 […]

  4. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you’re speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally seek advice from my website =). We could have a hyperlink alternate arrangement among us

  5. hello there and thanks for your information ? I’ve definitely picked up something new from proper here. I did on the other hand expertise several technical issues using this website, since I skilled to reload the site a lot of occasions previous to I may just get it to load correctly. I have been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, however slow loading cases instances will sometimes impact your placement in google and can damage your high-quality ranking if ads and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for much extra of your respective interesting content. Ensure that you replace this once more soon..

  6. Oh! And this may be a silly question, but do pesto and chicken go well together? Or is fish the best option with it?

  7. I know what you mean. Walnuts are a good option. See all entries above for some other wonderful suggestions.

  8. I saw some of the comments above – would it work to replace these with a different kind of nut or seed? I adore pine nuts, but they have gotten incredibly expensive where I live and I can’t justify the cost when trying to stick to my grocery budget.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating