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Jul 28, 2009 01:47 PM

Favorite Pre-Packaged Pesto Sauce?

I am on the search for excellent pre-packaged pesto. Any suggestions from local specialty stores, farmer's markets or general supermarkets? The best I have found is a brand sold at Whole Foods- the brand is escaping me. I would like to try other recommended brands. I am in Bethesda. Thanks!

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  1. was Scarpetta the one you liked from WFM? i've heard good things...

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I do not have a clue- but when I go back to WF I will look, and let you know.
      I think it was a local brand.

      1. re: chicken kabob

        if it helps, Scarpetta packages their products in squat, wide-mouthed glass jars with a white lid and a white label with red lettering.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Goodhealthgourmet- That packaging/brand not ringing a bell-but I will certainly try it next time I go to WF. Thanks so much.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Is that the pesto that is sold in the refrigerated case with the fresh pastas? The description of the jar sounds right. Whatever it's name, it's by far my favorite prepared pesto.

            1. re: Stacys

              that's the one. Scarpetta makes some great products.

      2. I found a good one at whole foods too...can't remember the name either. I studied abroad in Germany a few years ago and regularly bought sun dried tomato pesto(I ate it almost every day), it was so good, and I can't find anything here that compares :( I've tried making it myself too and it was not good.

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        1. re: Fromageball

          My favorite pesto is from Smith Meadow Farms, they come to the Takoma Park farmer's market. as well as other DC area markets. My favorite pesto is their green garlic scrape but they make a mean basil pesto as well as spinach and cilantro/parsley.

          1. re: msjess

            I will check the Bethesda Farmer's Market for Smith Meadow- Thanks!

        2. I like the sauces n' love Homemade and I get it at Whole Foods. The container is reuseable and sustainable.

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          1. re: Smiles2008

            I just went to the web site you supplied and discovered there's a relationship between the sauces'nlove products and the Scarpetta products.

            At the least, the Scarpetta products are distributed by the sauces'nlove company. Scarpetta may even be the shelf-stable version of the sauces'nlove products that require refrigeration. There's language on the web site that states " Scarpetta ...offers the same premium quality ingredients, integrity and flavor as it’s mother sauce, the original Sauces ‘n Love brand..."

            1. re: Indy 67

              thanks indy67. That's really interesting...yes, sauces n' love require refrigeration. Do you think the Scarpetta would have some preservatives or additional olive oil? I don't know...

          2. this classico brand is pretty decent shelf-stable pesto (two varieties) available in grocery stores everywhere.