pes·​to | \ˈpe-(ˌ)stō \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Date night: Springtime in Italy (4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday) is designed for couples and offers training on making homemade ravioli, pesto and a Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Aged Balsamic appetizer. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Hit these cooking classes to improve your kitchen skills," 16 May 2018 The classic salad ensemble — grape-sized red, green, and yellow tomato-halves in tangy balsamic vinaigrette paired with creamy burrata on toasted sourdough croutons, garlicky basil pesto, and micro-greens — could do no wrong. Naomi Kooker,, "A seamless transition from Blue Stove to Bazille," 4 May 2018 On Thursday, April 26, Kim will give an in-store talk and recipe demo at Read It and Eat (2142 N. Halsted, 773-661-6158) that features his Korean barbecue skirt steak with kimchi pesto and brussels sprouts. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Condiments / Cooking / Food & Drink / Food Chain Here's how to make BellyQ chef Bill Kim’s excellent Korean pesto," 23 Apr. 2018 Reserve the pesto until ready to mix with the pasta. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "As Galt House gets a makeover, Rivue restaurant goes for local and fresh," 29 May 2018 Delicately fried, the meaty and peppery mounds gained extra character from a parsley pesto and anchovy aioli. Tim Smith,, "Pairings Bistro in Bel Air delivers imaginative food and wine," 21 May 2018 Stop in for trendy breakfast staples and remixes, such as a caprese toast with Roma tomatoes, fior di latte, basil pesto and two poached eggs. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "Travel Guide: The South Africa City You've Been Overlooking," 13 Apr. 2018 Try the artichoke and sunchoke crostino with ricotta and truffle ($4 per piece) and the gnocchetti con pesto with pinenuts and basil ($15). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "A guide to eating 2017 James Beard Award-winning food in Chicago," 24 June 2017 Whisk in pesto and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Katie Lee, Good Housekeeping, "Summer Pesto Pasta," 10 May 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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