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 This compact solution from Cuisinart chops and grinds in a 3-cup bowl that’s just big enough for mixing together a quick batch of pesto or blending a small batch of marinade. Laura Denby, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Compact Kitchen Gadgets to Save Space and Elevate Your Cooking," 21 Apr. 2021 It’s a bright assertive mixture that reminds me of pesto, without any graininess from nuts and hard cheese. Ozoz Sokoh, Bon Appétit, "This Spicy Senegalese Sauce Is the Best Use for a Bunch of Parsley," 21 Apr. 2021 Ladle the soup into warm serving bowls and garnish with the pesto, crumbled cheese and chopped pistachios, if desired. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Homemade tomato soup, with a few garnishes, takes mealtime from old standby to new favorite," 21 Apr. 2021 Signature specialties include one pie with your choice of sausage of pepperoni, onions and mushrooms and another with pesto, fresh mozzarella, basil and bruschetta mix. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Check out these 11 locally owned pizzerias that have become staples in suburban Milwaukee," 21 Apr. 2021 Cook it plain, and then top with sautéed or oven-roasted veggies and herbs, along with an egg, beans, lentils, or tofu for protein, and sliced avocado or a drizzle of pesto for healthy fat. Cynthia Sass, Rd,, "Is Oatmeal Healthy? Here’s What a Nutritionist Wants You to Know," 20 Apr. 2021 Drain pasta and immediately toss with the pesto, 3/4 cup of the reserved pasta cooing water, and butter. Dallas News, "Our favorite spring delicacy? Fresh fava beans," 10 Apr. 2021 Mediterranean families have long created pesto recipes unique to their table. Dallas News, "6 creative pesto recipes, from mushroom and truffle oil to citrus and mint," 16 Apr. 2021 The pesto rigatoni was light and fresh, a perfect springtime pasta. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Pesto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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