13 Creative Basil Recipes, Because You Can Do Better Than Pesto

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Basil has big dreams. Sure, it’ll happily come home for a romantic pasta dinner, for tomato soup and pizza night. But it wants you to know it can be so much more. If you just set it free from your standard Italian fare, it’ll mingle with your cocktails and brighten your berries. It’ll be the garnish on your drinks, the herb to your peaches. And in summer, it will never guide you wrong.

So this season, we’re opening our hearts to basil’s sweeter side. You can have your chocolate cakes and your berry crisps, your warm-weather pies and ice creams — because whatever you’re craving, you can bet it’s better with basil.

Image: How Sweet It Is

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