If you know anything about me, online or in person, you know that when it comes to food I’m always trying to find a marriage between deliciousness, simplicity, healthy living, and affordability. You know, unicorn foods.

This is one reason that I’ve been a blogger with Moms Meet for so long. This program always allows for me to try “better for you” products that I feel good about reviewing on my blog; products like Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto.

When I first got the chance to review a jarred creamy pesto sauce with Moms Meet, I declined. I love making homemade pesto. I always have pine nuts on hand and I have a beautiful basil plant growing in my garden. I love making food from scratch, so much so that I rarely buy jarred pesto. But then the kids got busy again after our year of “corona school”, and baseball season picked back up for them, and before I knew it I was back in the trenches when it came to dinner prep.

I still love making my homemade sourdough and cooking most meals from scratch, but honestly I just can’t feasible make all our food from scratch. Something has to give!

So I figured that reviewing a jar of pesto couldn’t hurt my family life. In fact, it could only help. And it really did help! In less than 5 days I found 8 easy ways to use my jarred creamy pesto sauce. Everyone in the family enjoyed it in some way and I felt confident knowing that my family was eating something good for them that I didn’t have to make from scratch.

9 ways to use creamy pesto

What is the hype with creamy pesto sauce?

First off, can we discuss how many posts there are on the internet about how to turn jarred pesto sauce into creamy sauce?

There are a lot.

Like, a lot a lot.

But why even try to make your regular pesto sauce into creamy sauce when Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto sauce exists?


Why even try?

The ingredients in Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto Sauce are actually imported from Parma, Italy and Barilla only uses natural ingredients that I feel good about feeding my family.

Back to the hype. The hype is real because it is seriously so delicious! If you haven’t tried creamy pesto sauce, then get to it. If you like regular pesto, I bet you’ll love the creamy version.

How to use jarred creamy pesto sauce

9 Easy Ways to Use Jarred Creamy Pesto Sauce

1. Use creamy pesto sauce on a pizza

This is the most fun way to use pesto. Top a pizza crust with pesto, mozzarella, red pepper and goat cheese for a delicious dinner.

2. Make a creamy pesto pasta sauce

Skip the red sauce and use Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto sauce instead. A few spoonfuls is all you need.

3. Use creamy pesto sauce on spaghetti squash

Swap out pasta for spaghetti squash and use pesto instead of red sauce. Easy and super healthy!

4. Spread creamy pesto sauce on bread and top with an egg

Oh, yum. This is seriously such a delicious breakfast. Throw some bacon on top too!

5. Marinate meats with creamy pesto sauce

Add pesto to your favorite marinade or put pesto directly on meat. I love it with chicken.

6. Drizzle your veggies with creamy pesto sauce

You can even use it as a dip. Dip your veggies directly into creamy pesto or mix Barilla Creamy Genovese  with some sour cream or Greek yogurt for a tangier version.

7. Make a creamy pesto salad dressing

Mix 2 tbsp of creamy pesto with 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar and 1 tbsp of olive oil for a delicious creamy pesto salad dressing.

8. Use creamy pesto salad dressing for a pasta salad

Make your favorite pasta salad and sub the creamy pesto salad dressing for your regular pasta salad dressing.

9. Use creamy pesto sauce as a bruschetta base

Brush toast with creamy pesto sauce and top with mozzarella, grape tomatoes, or go wild with other fun flavors you have on hand like artichoke, roasted red pepper, or even white beans.

Pesto egg sandwich

What is creamy pesto sauce?

Creamy pesto sauce is a delicious blend of classic pesto sauce with heavy cream. It’s a fun twist on the classic pesto sauce.

Where to buy Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto sauce

You can purchase Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto sauce at Target, SuperTarget, Publix, Stop & Shop, Meiger, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, and more.

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