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Pesto is a sauce, commonly a solid one used as a spread. Pesto often has a fresh, sour taste that is often used as or in a salad sauce, pasta sauce, and works well to spice up sandwiches.

Perhaps the best known pesto is Genovese. There are variations that vary or add ingredients, for example using different nuts, cheeses, or oils, and there are variations that uses arugula, tomatoes, black olives, lemon rind, coriander, mushrooms, parsley, chives and others, and add pepper or other spices.

Pesto alla Genovese

Consists of (Genovese) basil, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, a grated and often relatively hard (and sometimes specific) cheese, and salt.

Pesto Rosso

Pesto alla Siciliana

Vegan pesto

The most problematic (and often only problematic) ingredient is cheese.

Vegan pesto is often a variation on Genovese pesto which is half basil to start with, and may add an approximately cheesy taste.

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