Easy 5-Minute Pesto & 15 Genius Ways To Use It

Quick and easy, creamy pesto you can whip up in 5 minutes or less. PLUS 15 genius ways to use it! 

5-Minute Pesto Recipe & 15 Ways To Use It | Creme de la Crumb

You guys. I have a problem. A pesto problem. And it’s a beautiful thing to have a pesto problem.

The thing is, I kind of really really love pesto, and lately I’ve wanted to just eat it by the spoonful. I’ve made my own pesto several times before but I’ve finally perfected my go-to 5-minute pesto that meets all of my requirements:

1) incredibly easy


3) doesn’t make too much

4) easily doubled for a big batch!


5-Minute Pesto Recipe & 15 Ways To Use It | Creme de la Crumb

5-Minute Pesto Recipe & 15 Ways To Use It | Creme de la Crumb

You really won’t believe how awesome this pesto is. But once you try it, you will be a believer – guaranteed. And just because I love you so much (I do, I really do) I’ve put together this little list (I love lists!!) of 15+ GENIUS ways to use your new perfect homemade pesto. Check em out…

Pesto Chicken Pizza


Shrimp & Veggie Orzo with Pesto Vinaigrette


Pesto Chicken Sandwich


Creamy Pesto Chicken Penne Pasta


Pesto Grilled Shrimp


Pesto Salmon


Pesto Chicken Lasagna Rolls


Caprese Mac n’ Cheese


Caprese Pasta Salad


Parmesan Pesto Chicken


Pesto Chicken Lasagna Stuffed Squash


Roasted Garlic & Pesto Chicken Flatbread


Pesto Fries


Pesto Potato Soup


Garlic Pesto Turkey Burgers


Is your mouth watering yet?? Mine is!! I literally have this jar of pesto sitting in my fridge right this second and it is calling to me.

“eeeeeat meeeeeeee………”

Creepy? Maybe. Do I care? Not a bit.

5-Minute Pesto Recipe & 15 Ways To Use It | Creme de la Crumb

5-Minute Pesto Recipe & 15 Ways To Use It | Creme de la Crumb
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Easy 5-Minute Pesto {Plus 15 GENIUS ways to use it!}

Quick and easy creamy pesto you can whip up in 5 minutes or less!
Course Sauce / Condiment
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword basil, Pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Tiffany


  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup Diamond of California Pine Nuts
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth. Serve immediately or cover and store chilled.


Yields about 1 cup of pesto.
If you want to be conservative on the salt, start with 1/4 teaspoon. Taste and add more as desired.
Additional lemon juice can be added for a more "lemony" flavored pesto - so good!

A huge thank you to Diamond of California Nuts for sponsored this amazing pesto recipe! 

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That pesto is really looking amazing and i am very keen to give this a go . There are so many things that you can use pesto on . I have always used the shop bought one i will definitely give this a shot . Thanks


I have two brands of pesto that I buy. I find it less expensive than homemade. I put pesto in my scrambled eggs-YUM!!

    Just a word on store bought: check the ingredients, sodium levels and additives. While making it fresh may, in some instances, prove a bit more spendy, the control you have over the finished product’s freshness and content will be well worth it.

Where is your pesto recipe(s) ? They look delicious. Thank you.

    Hi, the pesto recipe is at the bottom of the post, below the last picture. 🙂

Thank you.

Thanks for the link!! Great roundup! xo

Yessssss pesto ALLTHETHINGS! I’m 100% with you! Thanks for the shout-out, lady! Happy Vday Weekend!

    Oh you are MORE than welcome!! Pesto is my love. 🙂 🙂 Happy LoveDay to you!!

These recipes look great, my question is, can pesto be frozen. Will it still taste Ok when thawed. I have a big crop of basil ripe now and want to make the pesto but it is more than we can eat right now.



    Hi Ruth! Good question. So a really cool tip with pesto is to freeze it in ice cube trays! Make pesto cubes and then thaw as many as you want/need at a time. Works great!!

How long will this last in the fridge? Can’t wait to try it!

    Hi Jennifer – I’ve actually kept some of this pesto in an airtight jar for 2 months and it was still good! It seems to last a really long time – I love it!

Can you use other types of nuts other then pine nuts?? For example Almonds??

    Walnuts work especially well!

A great recipe, love it and so so easy! thanks

You can also make it without pine nuts and it’s just as tasty! We have a nut allergic son and we al love it without the nuts as well.

Your recipes look amazing. Can’t wait to try them!

    Hope you find some recipes here that you love! Thanks, Bonnie!

5 stars
This pesto is also AMAZING on steak!!!!

HI! I’m just wondering if there’s a good place to find fresh basil in bulk. The biggest package I’ve been able to find is 3 oz. I wanted to use this pesto with the chicken margherita recipe! Thanks!

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