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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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


[ˈpestəʊ] Npesto m
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When I think of pesto, I used to think of the green mixture of basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil.
PRESERV Ingred Serve 1tb 1 S Info basil 2: FISH TAGINE WITH OLIVE PESTO AND PRESERVED LEMONS dients ves: 4 bsp olive oil 1 onion, thinly sliced Salt and black pepper 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped Large handful of cherry omatoes, halved 200g new potatoes, halved 350ml vegetable stock 4 cod fillets 1 jar Sacla' olive p of crushed garlic, Pesto is traditionally a sauce pinenuts, cheese, leaves, oil Parmesan andolive to 2 3 4 1 2 preserved lemons, skin only, rinsed and finely chopped Handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped Bulgur wheat to serve Directions Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan.
Today I'm doing something a little bit different with my pesto. I'm using the same principles - garlic, herbs, cheese, nuts and oil - but mixing it up a little, and in my top tip I'll give you further ideas for homemade pesto.
1 artisan-style baguette 4 tbsp hummus 8 slices medium cheddar 1/4 red pepper, thinly sliced 1/4 cooked beetroot, shredded 2 radishes, thinly sliced 1 yellow or orange carrot, shredded or grated handful green leaves 1 tbsp vegetarian pesto, mixed with 1 tbsp olive oil
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Rub the pesto over the lamb and season with some salt and pepper.
Drizzle pizzas with pesto and serve with green salad, if desired.
Pesto at the Yacht in Parkgate Road, Woodbank, will be officially launched byLord Mayor of ChesterCllrAlex Blackon Monday, July 23.
Add a little of the cooking water to the pesto to loosen and thin it.