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Pesto is the most classic way to use basil in Italian cooking—though this herb has many other uses. Still, you really can’t go wrong with a whole bunch of meals once you can master this basic pesto recipe.

Swirl some pesto into al dente spaghetti and achieve a sort of food nirvana. Spread it on a ciabatta roll, add some mozzarella and sundried tomatoes and press it in a panini for true sandwich perfection. Pizza, chicken, a nice piece of fish? All good with pesto. 

Oh sure, there are other delicious herbs out there, but none of them can make pesto. Try it. Now.