Word of the Day – Tuesday, February 6th



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A sauce consisting of usually fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and grated cheese.
Common clues: Basil-based sauce; Green sauce; Linguine topper; Sauce made with basil; Trattoria topping; Marinara alternative
Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year
Frequency in English language: 45820 / 86800
How to make pesto

Pesto is a consistent fan favourite. Its bright, herbaceous basil notes contrast well with the other, considerably more pungent ingredients like garlic, parmesan and copious amounts of olive oil to produce the popular sauce we know and love today.

As pricey and luxurious as it plays itself off to be, pesto can be easily made at home, provided you have the help of a handy-dandy food processor! (Though a pestle and mortar would produce a coarser, more rustic end product in the absence of a food processor)

The basic components of a good, classic basil pesto are sweet basil leaves (not Thai basil, mind you!), creamy pine nuts, olive oil and a touch of parmesan and garlic. And the best thing about making your own pesto? The customizability.

See the full step-by-step recipe for the Easy Breezy Pesto Chicken Sandwich at