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 Use this marble one to make pesto, grind spices, or mash up a fiery red curry paste. Megan Wahn, Bon Appétit, 13 July 2022 Instead, use them to make this pesto, which also includes some basil in the mix. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 Stir it into a curry or blitz it into a pesto—but at this time of year, remember its high-proof possibilities, too. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 7 July 2022 Pull up a chair at one of the restaurant’s two bars and enjoy a Japanese whiskey flight with some basic skewers or tonkatsu sliced and served on a bed of purple cabbage, or try a bowl of spaghetti tossed in a shiso pesto and topped with sea urchin. oregonlive, 1 July 2022 The Deets: Loaded with chickpea pasta, a pesto made with almonds, asparagus, and mushrooms, this meal satisfies hiker hunger without leaving a gut bomb behind. Outside Online, 23 June 2022 Fiery, vitamin-rich watercress shines in this early summer pesto. Sally Pasley Vargas,, 14 June 2022 Barker seductively feeds her long strands of spaghetti pesto. Antonia Debianchi,, 14 June 2022 Although it can be eaten, and apparently makes for a great pesto, Michigan's Department of Natural Resources named garlic mustard an invasive species. Liliana Webb, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2022 See More

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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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18 Aug 2022

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“Pesto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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