Homemade basil pesto sauce is something that I have always wanted to make but for some reason I never got to make it until a few weeks ago when I needed something different for Saturday dinner. You are probably wondering why I would need to make my own sauce instead of buying a bottle at the store . Well, this is one of those sauces were homemade is so much better. The fresh basil and garlic really beats garlic and basil that has been sitting around for a while or has been mixed with all sorts of preservatives.
When you make the homemade basil pesto recipe below you may find yourself with leftover sauce depending on how much you add to your pasta. The beauty of this sauce is that it can be used in different ways and I am sharing 3 of my favorite ways to use the leftover sauce right here.
3 Ways to use leftover Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce
- As a salad dressing: Add more olive oil and create a tasty salad dressing. I like to drizzle it over fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese for a non traditional Caprese salad. You can also slice cherry tomatoes in half and mix with basil pesto for a easy tomato salad.
- As a sandwich spread: Mix with mayonnaise or even use by itself to spread on slices of bread for a yummy Italian pesto sandwich. I like to make my sandwich with slices of roasted chicken or salami, fresh tomato slices, arugula, red onion, mozzarella cheese with the basil pesto on toasted bread.
- Add to your veggies: Mix leftover pesto sauce with roasted, steamed or fresh veggies for more flavor. I also love to add leftover sauce to zoodles for a yummy pasta alternative. See my post on how to make zoodles here.
A great trick for storing leftover pesto is to freeze it, it keeps very well in the freezer. Pour pesto sauce in a ice tray, wrap with cling wrap or a zip log bag and put in the freezer. Whenever you need some you can just pop a cube out as you would with ice and voila.