pes·​to | \ ˈpe-(ˌ)stō How to pronounce pesto (audio) \

Definition of pesto

: a sauce made especially of fresh basil, garlic, oil, pine nuts, and grated cheese

Examples of pesto in a Sentence

Top the bread with pesto.

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Cut squash into large chunks and toss with half of pesto. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Seared Summer Squash with Pistachio Pesto," 25 July 2018 Sautee mushrooms in olive oil and a little bit of pesto. Team Captain Rebecca, Seventeen, "Study Break Dinner Idea: A Complete Meal In One Bowl!," 3 May 2012 At a HelloFresh production facility in Newark, N.J., workers review shipping labels, put pesto into meal bags and and assemble bagged meals before packing for shipment. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "The Messy Business of Selling Meal Kits," 27 July 2018 The filled shells are drizzled lightly with olive oil, dusted with grated pecorino and bread crumbs, baked briefly in a hot oven until nicely browned, then napped with a bright green, garlicky pesto sauce. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Crowd-Pleaser With the Right Stuff," 22 June 2018 The shrimp crepe Florentine ($12.99) is filled with shrimp, tomatoes, garlic and spinach sauteed in a creamy pesto sauce. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 Stir in the pesto and enough of the pasta water to make a loose mixture. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: Think of this pasta with melted cherry tomatoes and arugula pesto as your new go-to dish," 11 June 2018 Thin the pesto with olive oil until it can be drizzled. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Baby Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto," 18 Apr. 2018 Broccoli stems, cauliflower stems, pesto from stems. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "Tribeca’s Hydroponic Underground," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of pesto

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pesto

Italian, from pesto, adjective, pounded, from pestare to pound, from Late Latin pistare, frequentative of Latin pinsere

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English Language Learners Definition of pesto

: an Italian sauce that is made especially of fresh basil, garlic, oil, and grated cheese

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