[ pes-toh ]
/ ˈpɛs toʊ /
noun Italian Cookery.
a sauce typically made with basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and grated Parmesan blended together and served hot or cold over pasta, fish, or meat.
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British Dictionary definitions for pesto
/ (ˈpɛstəʊ) /
a sauce for pasta, consisting of basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, oil, and Parmesan cheese, all crushed together
Word Origin for pesto
Italian, shortened form of pestato, past participle of pestare to pound, crush
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