Pesto Fries
Pasta, Potatoes, Rice, Sauces

These Pesto Fries Will Make You Forget Ordinary Fries

French Fries are tasty. Garlic Fries are better. Pesto Fries are AMAZING! and easy too.

French Fries tossed with homemade Pesto. Dress up boring frozen fries with simple homemade pesto.

I remember the first time I had Garlic Fries. I trudged all the way around Qualcomm Stadium asking everyone I saw with them where to find them. Then all the way back to my seat. But, oh my! was it worth it. It almost made up for the Chargers beating my Niners that day. Almost.

But Pesto Fries are even more delicious.

You can buy store bought Pesto, but I have no idea why you would want to. Pop some fresh ingredients in the food processor and a few pulses later you have one of the most delicious sauces ever created. Okay, a little extreme, but it is easy and I love Pesto.

Plus if you make it yourself you can control the amount of olive oil. I find the store bought stuff greasy.

Back to the awesomeness that is Pesto Fries. Start by making your fries. I used frozen shoestring potatoes because I hate to fry and I only wanted to make a small amount. Make ’em fresh if you want, but if you do, make the pesto first.

Frozen fries


While the fries are baking, gather the Pesto ingredients:

pesto ingredients
sunflower seeds make a great substitute for pine nuts

Pop them in the food processor as described below and mix up the Pesto.

When the fries are done, just toss them with some of the Pesto and devour.

Don’t like fries? Make the Pesto and put it on pasta, rice, eggs, baked potatoes, crackers, vegetables etc. etc. Did I mention I like Pesto?


Prep time1 minute
Meal type Appetizer, Condiment, Meat Dishes, Meatless Main Dishes, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice and Grains, Side Dish
Traditional pesto recipe using basil and pine nuts plus variations. Great on Pasta, French fries, baked potatoes, crostini or vegetables.


  • 1/8 cup pine nuts (or other seeds or nuts)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil (or cilantro or parsley)
  • Parmesan cheese


Substitute walnuts, cashews or pistachios for the pine nuts.  Parsley, cilantro or another herb can be used in place of the basil.


With on and off bursts, mince pine nuts and garlic in food processor or blender until fine.
Add olive oil and process just enough to blend all ingredients.
Spoon pesto into ice-cube trays and freeze. When frozen store cubes in a plastic bag and keep frozen for future use.
When ready to serve mix, in grated Parmesan cheese to taste.

Until next time, happy eating.


5 thoughts on “These Pesto Fries Will Make You Forget Ordinary Fries”

  1. So, I’m about to get a slice of my daughter’s birthday cake from yesterday. It’s a delicious Coke cake. But, now I’m thinking about pesto fries. This puppy is going in my COOK! folder and i won’t be a bit surprised if it makes an appearance on the dinner table Saturday.

    Who am I kidding? We’re going to eat dinner watching college football.

    *Glad to find you through Janine’s fall blog hop.
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