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! Check out My Favorite Low-Carb and Keto Recipes with Pesto for even more pesto recipes!
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 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 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!
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Personal Picks from Kalyn
You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen to feature at Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks.