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Everyone loves a great tasting pesto, but not everyone likes traditional basil pesto. In this collection of 9 Perfect Pesto Recipes, there’s a pesto for every personal preference!

Read that last sentence again, Dear Reader. It’s like a tongue-twister! Can anyone recite the Peter Piper nursery rhyme? That’s what the last sentence in the previous paragraph reminded me of!

Alas, this post is not about Peter Piper or his pickled peppers; it’s about my 9 Perfect Pesto Recipes. All of these recipes have been previously posted here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen, but some of them were posted a long time ago.

Let’s re-visit some of these classic and modern Perfect Pesto Recipes once again. To get us started, we’ll begin with the most common and recognizable type of pesto to most of us – it’s, of course, a basil pesto.

Traditional basil pesto is rustic and perfect just the way it is, but change is good and should be embraced – pesto included!  Peppery Double Parmesan Basil Pesto is an updated version of a trusted classic, because every day deserves something extra!

Now, I wouldn’t be writing this post if I wasn’t a huge pesto fan. And, as a self-proclaimed pesto aficionado, I would award this Almond and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto a spot in my top five.  It’s simple.  It’s easy.  It’s delicious.  And, really, isn’t that what good food is all about?

Contrary to what traditionalists believe, pesto does not mean basil. A good pesto is so simple to prepare, and no pesto is as easy as this Artichoke and Lemon Pesto with Capers.  It’s a great pesto for any hot or cold pasta, in fact, a summer picnic pasta salad with this pesto is phenomenal!

If lemon and capers weren’t a step far enough from traditional pesto, maybe my Broccoli Pesto just might be. I tossed pasta with my broccoli pesto and added mozzarella cheese to make a baked pasta dish that’s super cheesy and delicious, but also filled with two whole heads of broccoli!  Broccoli haters just might be converted!!

Pesto may be Italian in origin, but who says they have to stay that way? Mediterranean Vegetable Pesto is the utmost in sauce flexibility and flavour.  A smooth pesto consisting of roasted red peppers, artichokes, capers, and parmesan, this sauce floods the taste buds with the familiar essence of Mediterranean-inspired flavour.

This one makes my mouth water! Crisp, summery, onion flavour with a fresh basil and lemon undertone. Scallion and Basil Pesto is bound to be your new favourite!  Simple ingredients, quick and easy to prepare, this pesto fits into any dietary preference and is bursting with flavour!

In a last-ditch effort to use up an abundance of roasted red peppers, I made this pesto and never looked back! Early summer screams for Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Pesto; a versatile sauce that’s everyone’s favourite, and can easily help to use up all the bounty of red peppers.  Tasty, easy, affordable, and homemade – could it get any better than that!?

Kale and Walnut Pesto is the best thing I’ve made in a very long time!  Not because it tastes great, and not because it took literally five minutes to make, and not because it’s a healthier way to dress up a pasta dish either.  It’s because of all of those things, in addition to the fact that everyone loved it.  That in itself is reason enough to love this recipe!

I’ve saved this one for last, because it’s probably my favourite of all 9 of these pestos, but also because I think it’s a reader favourite too; it’s still one of the most popular recipes on my blog! This Sun Dried Tomato Pesto is so much better than store-bought.  Jarred tomatoes, good olive oil, fresh basil and parmesan cheese – a marriage made in food heaven!

There you have it, Dear Reader. I’ve just given you 9 different reasons to part ways with your regular, run of the mill basil pesto with pine nuts. If you must go that route, at least double the parmesan and add extra pepper. You’ll love it!

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