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sweettoothMTL Mar 13, 2013 08:33 AM

I’ve run out of the batch of pesto I made last fall, and I’m looking at some long months until I make my next batch.

In the meantime, what’s your recommendations for store-bought perso?

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    Shattered Mar 18, 2013 01:06 PM

    Pastene is the best, imo, as far as brands in all the big groceries go (it's got a yellow label with red lettering).

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      sweettoothMTL Mar 18, 2013 01:30 PM

      The Pastene sauce I saw at Loblaws had peanut oil and cashew nuts as first ingrediants, so that turned me off. But I see now the website has a ‘’normal’’ version listed. Don’t know what the other one was about.

      1. re: sweettoothMTL
        Shattered Mar 18, 2013 08:55 PM

        I haven't a clue what you saw, but it's not the Pastene pesto I've got - or pesto at all.

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          SnackHappy Mar 18, 2013 09:04 PM

          Here's a list of ingredients from the Pastene USA web site:

          "INGREDIENTS: Sweet Fresh Basil, Sun Flower Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cashew Nuts, Pine Kernals,, Parmesan & Romano Cheese, Garlic, Sea Salt,"

          So yes to cashew nuts, no to peanut oil.


          1. re: Shattered
            Maximilien Mar 19, 2013 03:19 AM

            There are many variations of the traditional pesto.

            We are used to see the "genovese" variation. (basil, cheese, pine nuts); but I've seen many different sorts before, here and in Italy.

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        sweettoothMTL Mar 18, 2013 12:48 PM

        How about the Fontaine Santé? Has anyone tried that?

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          j_do Mar 14, 2013 02:49 PM

          if you're not gonna make your own Le Grand for sure. run by a really nice couple from Montreal.

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            sweettoothMTL Mar 14, 2013 01:39 PM

            Thanks, I'll give Le Grand a try and take it from there.

            I'll let you know if I find something great :)

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              alinemramos Mar 15, 2013 09:15 PM

              I have just tried Le Grand pesto, and I must say I'm not a fan. I tried it at a sampling, and had the Garden Pesto and the 4 nuts and cheese. The garden pesto tasted (almost exclusively) of parsley, and the 4 nuts & cheese was really heavy on the cheese - I would never have guessed there were nuts in it.

              Neither tasted of olive oil. If you were planning to use it on pasta, you would have to add a lot of olive oil (and then ruin the texture).

              I think I have seen pesto at Maison du Rôti (made by them). I've never tried it, but their products are usually very good, so it might be worth a shot.

              1. re: alinemramos
                Maximilien Mar 18, 2013 12:58 PM

                The Le Grand pesto is really a good base to add cheese and nuts.

                1. re: Maximilien
                  Plateaumaman Mar 18, 2013 03:00 PM

                  I like the Le Grand Garden pesto because it doesn't contain nuts so I can send it off in my kids' school lunches. But tonight we're having pesto from Maison des Pâtes Fraiches which is a very nice one too.

                  For homemade, off season it can be fun to try different pesto recipes like lemon, parsley and walnut pesto.

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              C70 Mar 14, 2013 08:40 AM

              Milano carries some more "homemade" looking pesto in the fridge with other pasta sauces.

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                Maximilien Mar 14, 2013 02:51 AM

                There's a basil pesto sold in a "pouch" that is quite good; add cheese and other ingredients on your side.

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                1. re: Maximilien
                  westaust Mar 14, 2013 08:31 AM

                  That would the Le Grand brand of pesto

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                    Maximilien Mar 14, 2013 08:51 AM

                    Ah yes, I always forget it, and I can't find a good google hint to find it.

                    1. re: Maximilien
                      westaust Mar 14, 2013 09:40 AM

                      Their website: http://maisonlegrand.com/

                2. SnackHappy Mar 13, 2013 10:55 PM

                  The Kirkland brand from Costco is not bad, although it's bit light on the basil and heavy on the cheese.

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                    wattacetti Mar 13, 2013 08:58 PM

                    The President's Choice stuff at least is pretty bad. Suggest you go buy a basil plant and some pine nuts and start whizzing.

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