Healthy Basil Recipes

Find healthy, delicious basil recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Baked Cavatelli Casserole

Rating: 5 stars
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This easy to make, comforting dish will keep you warm on a cold day.

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto & Chicken

Rating: 5 stars
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This healthy summer dinner subs zoodles for pasta to help use up your zucchini bounty--as well as slash calories and carbs. Once the spiralized zucchini has time to soak up the herby pesto sauce, this chicken and pesto pasta makes particularly good leftovers.

Cauliflower Gnocchi Caprese

Rating: 5 stars
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This super-easy dish is perfect for summer. Store-bought frozen cauliflower gnocchi are crisped up in a pan, then tossed with mozzarella cheese, plenty of basil and balsamic vinegar for a hearty and healthy spin on the classic caprese salad.

Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

Rating: 4.83 stars
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This fragrant, Italian-flavored soup takes advantage of quick-cooking ingredients--boneless, skinless chicken breast, bagged baby spinach and canned beans. It features a simple homemade basil pesto swirled in at the end to add a fresh herb flavor. If you are very pressed for time, you can substitute 3 to 4 tablespoons of a store-bought basil pesto. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the quickest meals you can make. Make it for breakfast, or serve for lunch or dinner with a tossed salad and a slice of olive oil-drizzled crusty baguette.

One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This one-pot pasta with tangy tomato-basil sauce is a simple, fast and easy weeknight dinner. All of your ingredients go into one pot, and with a bit of stirring and about 25 minutes of cook time, you'll have a healthy dinner the whole family will enjoy.

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

Rating: 4.72 stars
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Cut some carbs and use spiralized zucchini in place of noodles in this zesty pesto pasta dish recipe. Top with Cajun-seasoned shrimp to complete this quick and easy dinner.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Penne with Pesto and Spinach

Fresh pesto brilliantly compliments the lemon and garlic flavors of this juicy chicken dinner.

Spiralized Zucchini & Summer Squash Casserole

Rating: 4.86 stars
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If you don't have a spiralizer to make this healthy zucchini noodle casserole (aka zoodles), use a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips of the squash and zucchini, stopping when you reach the seedy center. Just a few minutes under the broiler gives these ricotta-and-basil-filled nests a light golden top.

Zucchini & Tomato Casserole

The combination of sweet tomatoes and zucchini with melted cheese in this zucchini-tomato casserole tastes like a summer-fresh pizza. It's the perfect easy side dish for any summer meal.
By Liz Mervosh

Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.75 stars
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Seek out several varieties of heirloom tomatoes for this simple salad. Sweeter and juicier than conventional tomatoes, they add the perfect pop of color.

Tomato, Cucumber & White-Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
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This no-cook bean salad is a delicious way to use summer's best cherry or grape tomatoes and juicy cucumbers for a light dinner or lunch. Fresh basil elevates an easy vinaigrette recipe that dresses up this simple salad into something extraordinary.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Zu-Canoes

In this riff on caprese salad, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil get stuffed inside zucchini boats for a healthy summer side dish.

Strawberry & Brie Bites

Strawberries, Brie cheese, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar come together in this addictive one-bite appetizer recipe.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Rating: 4 stars
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A creamy pesto sauce turns this simple pasta salad into a delightful dinner. Adding broccoli to the pasta cooking water just before the pasta is done is a convenient way to briefly cook it so that it turns a vivid shade of green and softens slightly.