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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]


(ˈpɛs toʊ)

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.
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Noun1.pesto - a sauce typically served with pasta; contains crushed basil leaves and garlic and pine nuts and Parmesan cheese in olive oil
sauce - flavorful relish or dressing or topping served as an accompaniment to food


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In a small bowl, add the lemon juice to the pesto sauce to thin it and stir.
PESTO SAUCE Make this classic pesto sauce whenever you find yourself with lots of fresh basil and prefer a change from red and white sauces.
What we ate: We're Bistro Ravioli regulars and we have our all-time favorites: Pizza Frita with Boursin Cheese or Salsa Dip, Diablo Wings (chicken wings coated with a spicy barbecue sauce and served with garlic ranch dressing), the Spinach and Feta Cheese Ravioli in Pesto Sauce, Three-Cheese Ravioli, Italian Sausage and Bacon Pizza, Shrimp and Basil Pizza.
Eat Like You Give a Damn has beautiful photos throughout and offers a wide range of creative vegan cuisine, including Ranch Scramble and Sauvie Island Strawberry Pancakes for breakfast, Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Walnuts, Apricots, and Garlic Aioli, Coconut Curry Red Lentil Soup, Polenta Fries, Sweet Potato Ravioli with Popeye Pesto Sauce, Roasted Beet Burgers, Savory Chickpea Pancakes, and Fudgy Brownies.
99 Cost per head: 99p INGREDIENTS Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g), 29p, use 300g Green beans (100g), 50p Chosen by You Green Pesto Sauce (190g), 88p, use 6 tbsp Bernard Matthews Wafer Thin Turkey Ham (400g), PS1.
19 SPICY: Sacla Squeeze-a-Little Chilli and Tomato Pesto Sauce, [euro]3.
ROAST TURKEY TAGLIATELLE PESTO PASTA BUY Bernard Matthews Farms roast turkey breast chunks (100g) x2, PS2 Tagliatelle (500g), 95p Onion, 14p Red pesto sauce (190g), 89p Tomato, 17p Single cream (150ml), 50p USE 200g turkey breast chunks 300g tagliatelle Onion, sliced 2 tbsp pesto sauce 150ml single cream From the store cupboard: 15ml olive oil, salt and pepper to taste METHOD 1 COOK the tagliatelle following instructions on the pack.
We tried the Caprese sandwich, which is a white-cheese sandwich that is served in Focaccia bread with olives, tomatoes and a pesto sauce drizzled on top.
Sacla', the Pesto Pioneers, have increased the size of their Squeezy Pesto Sauce to make it even more versatile for pesto lovers.
Toss cooked pasta with pesto sauce, stir in chicken and scoop onto plates or into a shallow serving bowl.
For the pasta, we chose the macaroni in spicy tomato sauce along with homemade ravioli with potatoes and string beans, Genoese curd and basil pesto sauce.
The first in a series of one-off editions, the Chicken & Pesto Pie is a deliciously deep filled pie with tender chicken pieces and sliced cherry tomatoes in a creamy pesto sauce and encased in delicious short crust pastry with a light and flaky puff pastry top.