No basil? No problem.

Hazelnut-and-Green Olive Pesto

Fresh, easy-to-make pesto is a perfect way to upgrade weeknight pasta. But when the winter chill blows in and fresh basil is nowhere to be found, what do you do? Well, you can make pesto with pretty much any herb and nut combination, so simply swap out the basil for something more seasonal like sage or even radish greens. Here, our best recipes for basil-free, winter-friendly pestos.

1. Spicy Almond Pesto

Pasta with Spicy Almond Pesto
Credit: © Tina Rupp

Using almond butter is a great shortcut for making this delicious spicy sauce.

2. Radish-Greens Pesto

Spaghetti with Radish-Greens Pesto
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Radish greens make a superfresh, flavorful pesto. You can also use beet or turnip greens.

3. Hazelnut-and-Green Olive Pesto

Hazelnut-and-Green Olive Pesto

This isn't a typical pesto, since it has no cheese; instead, it's made with an irresistible blend of crunchy toasted hazelnuts, fresh green parsley, salty green olives and garlic.

4. Chile-Cilantro Pesto

Chile-Cilantro Pesto
Credit: © Antonis Achilleos

Chef Rick Bayless keeps extra cilantro from going to waste by using it in this pesto, which can stay in the fridge for two months.

5. Sage-Walnut Pesto


Earthy, aromatic sage and buttery walnuts make for a perfect cold-weather pesto.

6. Parsley-Hazelnut Pesto


Toasted hazelnuts are a fun substitution for the typical pine nuts usually found in pesto.

7. Dill-Pecan Pesto


The subtle flavor of dill is delicious with sweet, toasted pecans.

8. Broccoli Rabe Pesto

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This healthy, peppery pesto is delicious on toasted bread.

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9. Herb and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto


Try this flavor-packed pesto on meats like lamb or pork.