A green Italian sauce for pasta traditionally made with fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and Romano and Parmesan cheeses. The sauce can be stirred into freshly cooked pasta, spooned on to thick soups, toasted on bread or added to mayonnaise and salad dressings. Red pesto contains grilled red pepper or pimiento. Also used to describe many variations including different nut based pestos, different herb based pestos, sun-dried tomato pesto, and black olive pesto.
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Dried vs. fresh herbs
When substituting dried herbs for fresh herbs use approximately a third of the suggested quantity, as the dried herbs will tend to be more pungent. However, the older the dried herbs the less flavour they will have, so taste as you go.
A spicy sausage sometimes used to fill pide bread.