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Transeasonal pesto recipes for this awkward winter-spring changeover

Your core temperature may be in flux, but at least you'll be well fed.
Linguine with walnut-parsley pesto recipe

Linguine with walnut-parsley pesto

William Meppem

When it’s too warm for winter food but too cool for breezy summer dishes, it’s time to pull out these pesto recipes. You may know Liguria’s rustic sauce in its classic basil-and-pine-nut form – stirred through linguine, it makes for a quick and easy dinner. We’ve riffed on the traditional recipe, capitalising on ingredients that herald the end of winter, and the coming of the warmer months: a cauliflower and walnut pesto, for example, or a cavolo nero and almond sauce.

And it’s not all about pasta. Our carrot-top pesto recipes (with roast carrot soup or our mini-lamb roast) make full use of the whole vegetable, while Sean Moran’s tops his fried okra and tomato salad with a vibrant pistachio pesto. With these recipes, you’ll be making pesto, presto.

Trofie with potatoes, beans and pistachio pesto
Photo: William Meppem

Trofie with potatoes, beans and pistachio pesto

Pansotti
Photo: William Meppem

Pansotti with walnut sauce

Photo: Chris Court

Roast carrot soup with carrot-top pesto

Heirloom tomato salad with feta, pistachio pesto and fried okra
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Sean Moran’s heirloom tomato salad with feta, pistachio pesto and fried okra

Linguine with pesto
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Linguine with pesto

Orecchiette with cauliflower and walnut brown-butter pesto
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Orecchiette with cauliflower and walnut brown-butter pesto

A raised fork dangling strands of long pasta coated in a green herb sauce, from a brown-white bowl.
Photo: Alicia Taylor

Linguine with green sauce

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Handmade busiate with pesto Trapanese

Zuppa di ceci e grano pestato (Chickpea soup and crushed grains)
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Zuppa di ceci e grano pestato (Chickpea soup and crushed grains)

Linguine con pesto matto
Photo: William Meppem

Linguine con pesto matto

Photo: William Meppem

Fettuccine with kale and pecorino pesto

Spelt spaghetti with zucchini and cavolo nero-almond sauce
Photo: William Meppem

Spelt spaghetti with zucchini and cavolo nero-almond sauce

Mini lamb roast with baby carrots, kipflers and carrot-top pesto
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Mini lamb roast with baby carrots, kipflers and carrot-top pesto

Linguine with walnut-parsley pesto recipe
Photo: William Meppem

Linguine with walnut-parsley pesto

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