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14 Ways to Include More Basil in Your Life

Basil may seem like a harmless, relatively meaningless herb.

And it’s true that basil, on its own, is rather harmless and mostly meaningless.

But add it to pasta? Use it in a drink? Toss it in some salad?

As demonstrated by the following recipes, you’d be surprised at how much better your culinary life will be when it includes more basil…

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Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Photo
Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Recipe
Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini won’t let you down on a busy weeknight. A delicious Italian meal in a flash!
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Basil Gin Smash Photo
Basil Gin Smash Recipe
Love Basil? Love Gin? You’re going to fall head over heels for them together in this fantastic Basil Gin Smash cocktail!
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Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Recipe
Bruschetta Chicken Pasta is so easy! Your family will love this weeknight makeover of a favorite Italian appetizer.
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Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak Image
Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak Recipe
Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak is absolutely full of flavor. Mangoes, sticky rice, basil, and a great marinade make things extra tasty.
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Parmesan Pesto Swirl Rolls Photo
Parmesan Pesto Swirl Rolls Recipe
Parmesan Pesto Swirl Rolls make a savory twist on the classic baked good. We’re gonna dip ours in spaghetti and meatballs.
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Blueberry Basil Pie Photo
Blueberry Basil Pie Recipe
Blueberry Basil Pie takes blueberry pie to another level. Stir in basil for a true taste of summer.
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Strawberry Basil Margarita Photo
Strawberry Basil Margarita Recipe
Strawberry Basil Margarita will be your new favorite cocktail. You can’t beat homemade margaritas!
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Caprese Panini Photo
Caprese Panini Recipe
Caprese Panini is a delicious, no fuss sandwich. A caprese panini may be just what you need today!
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Caponata on a Stick Recipe
Make caponata on a stick for a unique and delicious appetizer. It’s vegetarian and vegan, but meat-eaters will love it too!
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Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt Photo
Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt Recipe
Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt is the kind of thing you make once on Sunday, and devour all week long. Make it immediately!
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Deconstructed Pesto Couscous Salad Photo
Deconstructed Pesto Couscous Salad Recipe
Deconstructed Pesto Couscous Salad makes a great side dish or light meal. In hardly any time at all!
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Bruschetta Chicken Skillet Photo
Bruschetta Chicken Skillet Recipe
This bruschetta chicken skillet? It’s amazing. Not only is it cooked up in one pan, it’s elegant, delicious, and sure to be a favorite.
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Basil Peach Agua Fresca Photo
Basil Peach Agua Fresca Recipe
Basil Peach Agua Fresca is an amazing drink you’ll enjoy all summer. The fresh peaches and basil are the perfect combination!
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Lemon Basil Salmon Photo
Lemon Basil Salmon Recipe
Lemon Basil Salmon is an easy yet elegant summer meal. Light and bright.
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