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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!)

Nothing can beat fresh homemade Basil Pesto, but this Kirkland Basil Pesto from Costco is pretty great.

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!) found on KalynsKitchen.com

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I love to make my own basil pesto in the summer when fresh basil is abundant, and I think my recipe for Basil Pesto with Lemon can’t be beat. But sometimes fresh basil isn’t available, and I love recipes with pesto even in the dead of winter. For times like that, I’m a huge fan of this Kirkland Basil Pesto from Costco, a great product that I’ve been buying for years.

Unlike tiny jars of pesto that you see in the grocery store, Kirkland Basil Pesto comes in a big 22 ounce jar, enough pesto to make any recipe that uses basil pesto. And this pesto keeps a long, long time in the fridge (and like my basil pesto with lemon, it can be frozen.) And just in case you’re wondering, Costco has never given me any pesto or paid me to write about it here, but I’m excited to add it to my list of Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks!

My 10 Favorite Recipes Using Basil Pesto:
Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Easy Baked Pesto Chicken is one of the most popular recipes on the blog.

Barely Cooked Asaragus with Basil Pesto is also easy and delicious!

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
This amazing Foil-Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes is something I make all year long.

Baked White Fish with Pine Nut, Parmesan, and Basil Pesto Crust is also great for a special meal.

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan is fantastic pesto recipe for a meatless dish or side dish.

Easy Pesto Lemon Rice is also quick and delicious for a side dish.

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese is another combination with pesto and chicken that’s been hugely popular.

Turkey Pesto Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce is another favorite of mine.

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Ultra Easy Pesto Lemon Chicken Kabobs can be cooked on a stove-top grill pan when it’s not grilling weather.

Foil-Wrapped Grilled Tilapia Packets with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Green Onions could also be cooked on a grill pan.

10 More Pesto Recipe Ideas from My Blogging Friends:
(Recipes from other bloggers not always low-carb or South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)

Pesto Pasta with Spinach and Avocado ~ Simply Recipes

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers ~ Skinnytaste

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash ~ Cookin’ Canuck

Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pesto ~ The Italian Dish

Turkey Pesto Meatball Sliders ~ The Perfect Pantry

Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken with Mushrooms ~ 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan ~ Iowa Girl Eats

Cheesy Chicken Roulades with Pesto ~ Just a Taste

Grilled Pesto Chicken ~ Budget Bytes

Tilapia with Pan Roasted Tomatoes and Pesto ~ $5 Dinners

(If you have a favorite way to use pesto, please share the idea in a comment, or leave your recipe link if you’re a blogger).

Just in Case You’re Wondering: 

I purchased the Kirkland Basil Pesto shown here myself and Costco has no idea whatsoever that I’m writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks are things I happily buy over and over, and so readers will know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I don’t accept review products from the many companies who offer to send them to me.

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Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!)
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8 comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20 recipes using Pesto from Kalyn and other bloggers!)”

  1. Yep, I have a jar of this in my pantry at all times (except summer). Thanks for including one of my recipes; I love pesto year-round, and this pesto is a great value and great flavor.

  2. I totally agree with you here, Kalyn, we always have this pesto in the house, not only is it delicious but a great price!

  3. I usually buy Trader Joe's (Trader Giotto's Pesto alla Genovese) jarred pesto and just love it.
    I'll have to try the Costco jarred pesto. How long (approximately) is a "very long time" in the refrigerator?

  4. Hi there, my husband picked up a jar of this at Costco and put in the cupboard. I see now that it says keep refrigerated. Do I need to throw it out?

    • I don’t really know the answer. It has cheese , but if it was only in the cupboard for a day or two it might be okay. Sorry, I don’t feel qualified to give a more definite answer than that.

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