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Traditional Italian pesto is a blend of basil, Parmesan, olive oil, garlic and pine nuts. Kitchen Daily expert Lauren Braun Costello's version uses Asian ingredients to complement rice noodles. Cilantro, mint, basil, garlic and peanuts give the sauce a jolt of fresh flavor and complexity. To make the dish a complete meal, she suggests adding vegetables, grilled shrimp, or even pork.