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Uses for Non-Traditional Pestos

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Q. I read an article on non-traditional pestos — mint pesto, arugula pesto, creamy pesto with ricotta, pistachio pesto, etc. Can you recommend some uses for these pestos?

A. As with the traditional basil-based pesto, all would probably work very well as pasta sauces. Other traditional pesto applications are equally good — as a dip for vegetables or breadsticks, a garnish, a condiment, a spread for bread or on a savory sandwich instead of mayonnaise, or swirled into a light sauce to boost the flavor.

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