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best store bought pesto?

lilmomma Apr 16, 2010 12:38 PM

which one? tia

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    harryharry RE: lilmomma Apr 16, 2010 02:14 PM

    Sauces n Love makes a very good pesto - it's a fresh product and I know that some Whole Foods carry it...
    The same company makes a shelf stable product - under the name Scarpetta - not sure if they have pesto and not sure if it's good - but most of their stuff is very good for store bought.

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      rafjel RE: lilmomma Apr 16, 2010 10:03 PM

      I would normally say none, but the Costco pesto is actually quite good. It comes in a big jar, so freezing it is probably a good idea. Here's a thread I found:


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        jmckee RE: rafjel Apr 19, 2010 04:36 PM

        I would concur; I've used it for a couple of years, and it works well for me.

        And as a side note: When a topic asks a question like this, "Make your own" isn't really an answer to the question.

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          rafjel RE: jmckee Apr 19, 2010 06:01 PM

          I agree - that's why I offered the Costco suggestion.

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          decolady RE: rafjel Apr 20, 2010 11:57 AM

          Yes, I like to keep a jar of the Costco pesto on hand. It works quite well when basil is out of season and I've run out of my own homemade frozen pesto.

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            jmckee RE: decolady Apr 23, 2010 07:43 AM

            on grilled fish steaks it is amazing.

        3. paulj RE: lilmomma Apr 17, 2010 09:27 PM

          I keep a jar (6oz) of Trade Joes Pesto on hand. I don't think my homemade stuff is significantly better. Since I don't usually use it as the main flavoring from pasta, the jar lasts me some time.

          1. BigSal RE: lilmomma Apr 18, 2010 08:08 AM

            Gustiamo sells an excellent pesto on their web site. Fresh pesto is best when you can get fresh basil, but this was marvelous in the middle of winter. The taste and aroma is wonderful. It is quite expensive, but a little goes a long way. http://www.gustiamo.com/cgi-bin/front...

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              Lenox637 RE: lilmomma Apr 19, 2010 04:55 PM

              Scarpetta........ super fresh!!

              1. Karl S RE: lilmomma Apr 20, 2010 11:55 AM

                Look for Roland or other makers who use basil from Liguria - I get them in my local Italian market and they represent a good marriage of quality and value. American basil tends to be BIGGER! BOLDER! in flavor (in the form of menthol flavors), and that is a not a good thing for pesto, which is meant to be more delicate.

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                  gwendolynmarie RE: lilmomma Apr 20, 2010 02:35 PM

                  What type of store bought are we talking here? Of the most widely available brands, discounting gourmet and local companies (like scarpetta), Buitoni I prefer to trader joe's and to costco's. If you have safeway, safeway select pesto is decent.

                  Classico, alessi, and roland are some I stay away from purposefully.

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                    valerie RE: lilmomma Apr 21, 2010 07:37 PM

                    I make a lot of my own pesto in the summer and freeze it to pull out during the winter months, but toward the end of this winter, I caved and bought Trader Joe's brand. I think it is awful. I can't pinpoint what the taste is, but I just don't care for it (and I am not picky!). I have also bought the Costco one and I think that is better, but everything is relative.

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                      decolady RE: valerie Apr 21, 2010 07:55 PM

                      Valerie, I make and freeze my own, too, every summer from the basil I grow. If that's not available, the best choice for purchasing I have found here is the Costco one.

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                        cpcabral RE: valerie Apr 23, 2010 09:02 AM

                        I tried Trader Joe's and I wasn't impressed with the pesto. I prefer to do my own.

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                        cheesemonger RE: lilmomma Apr 21, 2010 07:40 PM

                        Have you tried the Bear Pond Pestos? They are bright and tangy and delicious- also organic. For a classic Basil pesto, it's perfect.

                        1. amatuerfoodie RE: lilmomma Apr 21, 2010 07:52 PM

                          I am not sure if they sell if anymore since I haven't been to Sam's Club in a long time. But their fresh pesto in the cold case was always my favorite and very big! (it wasn't a members mark brand).

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                            Maximilien RE: lilmomma Apr 23, 2010 09:30 AM

                            The best one I've tasted in recent years is from "Le Grand", it's made in Québec, don't know how well it's distributed elsewhere.


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                              eclectick6n2 RE: lilmomma May 13, 2010 01:04 PM

                              I have a copy of Beard on Pasta and he made a great pesto with the usual suspects but he used Italian flat leaf parsley. He served the pasta with cherry tomatoes that he sautéed in butter and dill weed. He arranged them in a circle around the pasta and with the bright green pesto, contrasting with the tomatoes, it was gorgeous and made a great entre at a Xmas party. I just bought a jar of Roland pesto but still have plenty of my own in the freezer.

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                                rccola RE: eclectick6n2 Sep 27, 2012 08:50 AM

                                Is Costco still good pesto? I bought Giada de Laurentiis brand on a whim while waiting for a prescription at Target and it was foul and old-tasting.

                                Know it's easy to make but no one likes enough at home to go to the trouble. I just like a little atop goat cheese on crackers.

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                                  meatn3 RE: rccola Sep 27, 2012 09:57 AM

                                  Cibo makes the one sold at Costco IIRC. It is still very good and freezes well!

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                                    rccola RE: meatn3 Sep 27, 2012 10:10 AM


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                                      rccola RE: meatn3 Oct 8, 2012 06:03 PM

                                      It is good and honest better than the Italian stuff we brought back from Liguria. Thanks!

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