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Grilled Pizza with Pesto, Tomatoes & Feta

Dazzle your guests, and keep the kitchen cool, by baking pizza on the backyard grill. For convenience, this recipe uses prepared pizza dough, found in most supermarkets, and pesto from a jar.

» Grilled Pizza with Pesto, Tomatoes & Feta

Fettuccine with Shiitake Mushrooms & Basil

EatingWell reader Sidra Goldman of Washington, D.C., contributed this fresh-tasting whole-wheat pasta recipe. Lemon zest accents the basil beautifully.

» Fettuccine with Shiitake Mushrooms & Basil

Basic Basil Pesto

Simplicity reigns in this traditional sauce—just basil, garlic, cheese and olive oil. Our one modification? We like omega-3-laden walnuts in the mix for their crunch and delicate flavor, but pine nuts, almonds, pecans or even pistachios may be substituted for the walnuts.

» Basic Basil Pesto

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Roasting tomatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

» Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Caprese Salad

Summer-ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella need only a sprinkling of fresh herbs, salt and pepper to shine in this simple summer salad.

» Caprese Salad

Stuffed Chicken Thighs Braised in Tomato Sauce

Spinach-Parmesan stuffing provides great flavor in boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Try it with the optional chicken livers in the stuffing for an extra-rich treat. And don’t worry, even though when stuffed it looks like the filling will ooze out, it doesn’t. The egg in the stuffing acts as a binder to keep everything in place. The recipe makes plenty of sauce, so be sure to cook up some pasta or make mashed potatoes to serve alongside the saucy chicken.

» Stuffed Chicken Thighs Braised in Tomato Sauce

Green Risotto

Serve this pretty, pesto-flavored risotto alongside roasted chicken or pork roast or serve with a big salad for a light dinner. We add a splash of wine along with each addition of broth to give the dish a more pronounced wine flavor. If you’d prefer the wine to be more subtle, add the entire cup at the end of Step 3 and cook, stirring, until the liquid is gone, then begin adding the broth. You can substitute more broth in place of the wine.

» Green Risotto


Basil pesto, basil chicken and more healthy basil recipes.

Fresh basil is a versatile herb that adds bright flavor to many dishes. Whether you’re making basil pasta, basil pesto, basil chicken or other basil recipes, basil’s mild and sweet flavor complements a wide range of foods.

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