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

Thin the pesto with olive oil until it can be drizzled. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Baby Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto," 18 Apr. 2018 Broccoli stems, cauliflower stems, pesto from stems. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "Tribeca’s Hydroponic Underground," 9 July 2017 Return pasta and peas to pot; toss with 3/4 cup pesto (reserve remainder for another use), adding enough pasta water to create a sauce that coats pasta. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Desperation Dinners: Pea, Parsley and Walnut Pesto," 1 Sep. 2010 Add 2 tsp salt, then pasta, and cook per pkg. directions. Make pesto: While pasta is in boiling water, place herbs in a small strainer and dip them into the water to wilt, then immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Kale Pesto Pasta," 9 Jan. 2019 For me, memories come mostly in the form of food: casarecce pasta with green pistachio pesto—creamy and buttery, forever tasting of summer, a postcard from Filicudi. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "Pistachio Pesto and Almond Granita: Skye McAlpine Discovers the Tastes of the Aeolian Islands," 23 Aug. 2018 This recipe for purslane pesto is the perfect disguise to win over anyone wary of weed-eating. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purslane may be growing in your lawn; for better health, put it in your diet," 10 July 2018 Add pesto and ½ cup cooking water and toss to coat, adding more cooking water as necessary. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Kale Pesto Pasta," 9 Jan. 2019 The shelf below is home to fresh produce like carrot and celery sticks, pints of raspberries and blackberries, Cava and Hope hummus, and Gotham Greens pesto. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Exactly What Bella Hadid Keeps in Her Fridge," 29 Oct. 2018

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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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