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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20+ recipes using Pesto!)

Nothing can beat my fresh homemade Basil Pesto with Lemon, but when you don’t have time to make pesto this Kirkland Basil Pesto from Costco is pretty great! And this post has lots of ultra-tasty ideas for using pesto; enjoy! 

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I love to make basil pesto in the summer, and I think my recipe for Basil Pesto with Lemon can’t be beat. But sometimes fresh basil isn’t available or you just don’t want to bother making pesto from scratch, and I love recipes with pesto even in the dead of winter. For times when making pesto just isn’t happening, 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!

If you’re also a pesto fan, keep reading so see some of my favorite pesto recipe ideas, plus recipes using pesto from other bloggers. And check out My Favorite Low-Carb and Keto Recipes with Pesto for even more pesto recipes!

Can you Cook with Kirkland’s Basil Pesto?

I’ve heard from many readers through the years asking about a warning on the label of Kirkland’s Basil Pesto that says “Product should not be heated.” But I have cooked with this pesto for years and years with no problem. And since Pesto is actually a sauce to be used with pasta, I’m quite sure that warning means that when you’re using this pesto as a pasta sauce, you shouldn’t put the pesto into a pan and heat it (just add it to the hot pasta.) Please don’t worry about using this as an ingredient in a dish that will be heated!

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.

Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese

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

Roasted Summer Squash with Pesto and Parmesan 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.

Want More Recipes to Make with Kirkland Basil Pesto?

Check out My Favorite Low-Carb and Keto Recipes with Pesto for more ideas for pesto!

Pesto Recipes from Other Bloggers:

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).

Why I’m Featuring Kirkland Basil Pesto:

I purchased the Kirkland Basil Pesto shown here myself and Costco has no idea whatsoever that I’m writing about their product. I love to feature products that are really a wow for me, and 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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You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen to feature at Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks.

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    14 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Kirkland Basil Pesto (plus 20+ recipes using Pesto!)”

  1. Have you ever tried making a creamy pesto sauce (for fettuccine or linguine, say with grilled chicken) using the Costco pesto sauce? I had attempted mixing a 1/4 or 1/3 of the jar with a heavy creme, but it did not come out as well as hoped. Any suggestions?

  2. I make pesto cheesey bread. I buy a French bread and score it, then fill the openings with melted butter, parmesan and asiago cheese (or any other mixture), and pesto. Wrap in tin foil and bake for 20 minutes. Yum!

  3. I bought some basil pesto a few days ago and was so anxious to try it. It hasn’t been opened yet but I totally fogged and left it on the counter and just realized it was suppose to be refrigerated. It was bought sat afternoon and it’s tuesday afternoon now. Do I need to throw it 🙁

    • Not sure, it does contain cheese but it’s Parmesan cheese so I’d guess the shelf life is pretty long. I would refrigerate a few hours, then open and taste to see if it still tastes okay. If it does, I bet it’s fine. But I haven’t ever done this so I can’t say for sure. Maybe check Google to see if it’s mentioned there.

      One thing you could do is freeze in ice cube trays, which would kill any bacteria. Then thaw a few cubes when you need to use some.

  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.

  5. 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?

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

  7. 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.