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1. A sauce consisting of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and grated cheese.
2. Any of various similar sauces.
[Italian, from past participle of pistare, pestare, to pound; see piston.]
(Cookery) a sauce for pasta, consisting of basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, oil, and Parmesan cheese, all crushed together
[Italian, shortened form of pestato, past participle of pestare to pound, crush]
an uncooked sauce of fresh basil ground together with pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and cheese.
[1935–40; < Upper Italian (compare Genoese pésto pesto), Italian: n. derivative of pestare to pound; see piston]
A pasta sauce made with oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, nuts, and basil leaves.