Basil Pesto Butter is an easy two ingredient flavored butter that will make everything taste like summer! Simply combine pesto and butter and toss with hot pasta or vegetables, top over grilled chicken, steak or fish or just slather on a slice of rustic bread.
Basil Pesto Butter Recipe
When summer arrives, fresh basil is plentiful at the farmers market, in your very own vegetable garden and even in the produce section of your grocery store.
What better way to use all that fresh basil than to make up a batch of homemade pesto, if you want to make your own, and use it for our pesto butter recipe.
Here at Swirls we have several recipes for fresh pestos so you'll have choices, if you want to make your own homemade pesto, for our basil butter.
We have pesto made with the traditional basil, made with baby spinach, or with kale greens (my personal favorite!) and even with mint and spring peas and stay tuned for carrot top pesto coming soon!
Now, of course, you can make things easy on yourself and just hop on over to the grocery store and pick up some store bought pesto. If you do, I highly recommend purchasing the fresh refrigerated pesto in your grocer's refrigerated section. But, yes, a jarred pesto will work just fine too.
Any way you make it, every bite of any food you add our seasoned butter to will be filled with buttery goodness and fresh basil, garlic and all the bright flavors of summer time.
Simple basil recipes are always the best and nothing is more simple than our Basil Pesto Butter recipe! And I know you will agree, it is the best!
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Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
We have many homemade pesto recipes here at Swirls. If you want to make our butter with a homemade pesto you can choose from one of these recipes:
- Make it with a carrot top pesto
- Make it with a spring pea pesto
- Make it with a kale pesto
- Make it with a basil pesto
How to make basil pesto butter
- Let butter come to room temperature.
- Stir butter and pesto together until blended.
Ingredients you will need to make basil butter
- pesto (homemade or store bought)
What can I put Pesto Butter on?
Our Pesto Butter will be a delicious addition:
- on a baked potato
- stirred into or on top of an omelet
- tossed with hot pasta
- tossed with grilled vegetables
- dolloped on cooked steak, chicken, salmon or white fish
- on crostinis
- on toast
- on a sandwich
- tossed with cooked shrimp
- slathered on corn on the cob
Homemade Pesto Recipes
Kale, the trendy super food, combined with toasted almonds, the healthy nut, make for a fabulously delicious and amazingly healthy Kale Pesto! Toss it with your favorite pasta for Meatless Monday, top chicken or fish, serve with vegetables……the possibilities are endless!
Fresh Mint Spring Pea Pesto is bursting with springtime flavors. Fresh peas and mint put a new spin on the traditional pesto!
Basil Pesto is bursting with the flavors of extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil leaves from my garden, Parmesan cheese for texture and saltiness, lemon juice and zest for a bright note and the unexpected nuttiness of toasted almonds.
Pesto Florentine is an easy pesto recipe that's a twist on the traditional basil pesto. This homemade pesto is made with tender baby spinach leaves, almonds, garlic and a hint of fresh lemon.
- 8 Tbs. butter, at room temperature
- 2 Tbs. basil pesto or store bought pesto
Stir butter and pesto together until blended.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
Makes 8 servings/about 1 Tablespoon per serving