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.
Recent Examples on the Web When making pesto yourself, pound and crush the ingredients with a mortar and pestle to get the most out of them—their natural juices will release deliciously into a creamy paste. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 International Recipes We're Tackling During Quarantine," 7 May 2020 Spread ½ cup pesto over the dough, and top with sliced chicken, mushrooms, spinach and mozzarella. Journal Sentinel Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Comfort foods for an uncomfortable time: the era of coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, prepare pesto: Bring a pot of water to a boil and fill a large bowl with ice water. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Carrots With Carrot-Top Pesto," 20 Feb. 2020 Among my go-to lunches are the delicious cranberry walnut chicken salad ($8), ordered on the terrific sourdough, and the tomato pesto mozzarella panini ($8). Joan Wilder,, "Twice as lucky as café opens second location," 9 Jan. 2020 Out of anxiety, guilt, newfound virtue, frugality or a combination of the above, some frequent tosser-outers are changing their habits, whirling carrot tops into pesto and giddily watching their green onions grow tiny roots in jars of water. Gray Chapman, New York Times, "How to Embrace Your Inner Trash Animal," 7 May 2020 Layering the flaky puff pastry crust with a thin spread of basil walnut pesto and juicy heirloom tomatoes makes for a perfect Mother’s Day brunch or any time. Dallas News, "Brunch at home with this easy heirloom tomato tart recipe," 7 May 2020 Dinner includes choice of house or Caesar salad, family-style sides, seasonal vegetables, fresh bread with pesto and dessert. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "These restaurants are offering special Mother's Day take-out options," 6 May 2020 But in the meantime, Tratto is offering fresh pasta by the pound for carryout along with a handful of fresh sauces, including tomato passata, meaty Bolognese, pesto and Tratto’s beloved cacio e pepe. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Torn between cooking and takeout? Try these 10 meal kits from metro Phoenix restaurants," 6 May 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Pesto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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

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