pes"to(ps"t), n. [It. pesto, pounded, from pestare to pound, crush, fr. LL. pistare, fr. pinsere. See also pestle.] (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.
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