American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sauce consisting of usually fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and grated cheese.
- n. A sauce, especially for pasta, originating from the Genoa region, made from basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and cheese (usually Pecorino)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Cookery) A sauce used in Italian cuisine, typically made by blending olive oil, basil, garlic, pine nuts, and grated parmesan cheese; it is served hot or cold over pasta, meat, or fish. Where pine nuts are expensive, sunflower seeds are sometimes substituted.
- n. a sauce typically served with pasta; contains crushed basil leaves and garlic and pine nuts and Parmesan cheese in olive oil
- 1937, from Italian pesto, contraction of pestato, form of pestare ("to pound in a mortar"). Cognate to pestle. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from past participle of pistare, pestare, to pound; see piston. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Add a quarter pound of lardo, and mash ingredients together until pesto is smooth.”
“Add two-thirds cup grated Parmesan and a quarter-cup olive oil, stirring until the pesto is smooth and creamy. — chefs Tony Mantuano and Sarah Grueneberg, Spiaggia in Chicago”
“Then, all winter I can grab pesto from the freezer by the cubed tablespoonful.”
“This pesto is for using in the dead of winter when fresh basil at the grocery store is $31.84/lb.”
“One option might be to mix some pesto from the refrigerated section of the market in with the topping (that is if you can find prepared pesto worth buying).”
“The amount of basil that it takes to make pesto is pretty staggering.”
“The leftovers from making my winter pesto, is what I had.”
“The other good thing about pesto is the ‘no cook part’, just a whip in the blender and dinner is ready.”
“Basil pesto is the classic version and the most commonly found one.”
“But actually, the name pesto comes from the same Latin root of "pestle," which means a sauce made by crushing a few key ingredients together.”
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A list of sauces, used in cuisines around the world. Many of these are listed in the encyplopedic tome of French cookery, Larouse Gastronomique.
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