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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The gnocchi works as a base for tomato sauce or pesto, a side for chicken or seafood, and a sub for really any potato dish. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Cauliflower Gnocchi Is the Low-Carb Dinner Pasta Lovers Need to Try," 8 May 2019 In my recipe, basil pesto, lemon and a sprinkling of capers complemented this sustainable protein perfectly. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep it simple and seasonal in the kitchen during summer," 7 June 2018 The dish that sealed his fate was pan-seared bass with potato lasagne, arugula pesto, tomato vinaigrette and pancetta. Tracy Swartz,, "Clarendon Hills contestant plots future after shocking 'MasterChef Junior' exit," 7 May 2018 This one features a bright citrus marinade and a vibrant Mexican-style pepita pesto. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every Taco at Trejo’s Tacos, Ranked," 4 May 2018 This dish starts with cooked quinoa and adds steamed broccoli in two forms: whole and ground into a pesto. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Double Broccoli Quinoa," 22 Mar. 2012 Peas, scallions, and a lemony mint pesto give basic white rice and shredded chicken an infusion of fresh flavor. Country Living, "Chicken and Rice with Mint Pesto," 26 Aug. 2010 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

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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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