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From Pizza to Zoodles: 5 Fabulous Ways to Use Pesto

06/06/2016 9:10 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST
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Whether you buy it ready-made or make your own, pesto is the perfect way to add pizzazz to any dish.

1. Pizza with Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella 2016-06-03-1464919084-1645081-PestoPizza.jpg

This pizza packs a serious pesto punch. The dough is spread with a generous layer of pesto before baking -- and then the pizzas are topped off with more pesto and fresh basil when they come out of the oven.

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2. Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Pesto & Pine Nuts 2016-06-02-1464835755-9707303-zucchininoodles.jpg

Zucchini masquerading as noodles with fresh pesto and pine nuts...what could be better?

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3. Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto 2016-06-02-1464835261-7960740-SummerVegetableSoupwithpesto.jpg

This summer soup with a dollop of pesto is healthy and satisfying. Serve it as a meal unto itself or as a side to gooey grilled cheese sandwiches.

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4. Grilled Pesto Shrimp 2016-06-02-1464834652-4869294-Grilledpestoshrimp.jpg

This is one of my favorite ways to use pesto. Whether you serve it as a party appetizer or main course, the shrimp will disappear in a flash. Trust me, no matter how much you think you'll need, make extra!

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5. Zucchini-Basil Pistou 2016-06-03-1464919938-9772232-zucchinibasilpistou.jpg

Pistou, Provence's version of pesto, is traditionally made with olive oil, garlic and basil but this version adapted from Chef Thomas Keller also incorporates zucchini. It's great on toast, eggs and grilled fish -- but it's so delicious, you'll want to eat it solo with a spoon.

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