Let's get this out of the way: Homemade pesto is better than store-bought pesto. But it's labor-intensive, especially if you're going to turn your basil to a paste with a mortar and pestle instead of a food processor. Is there any pesto you can buy at the store that's worth eating? harryharry likes the fresh pesto made by Sauces ’n Love, in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods. The same company makes a shelf-stable product called Scarpetta, and Lenox637 is a fan.
Costco pesto gets high marks from Chowhounds. "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," says decolady. Big Sal likes the pesto Gustiamo sells on its website. "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," says Big Sal. And Karl S suggests looking for pesto made from basil from Liguria, such as Roland brand. "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," he says.
Discuss: best store bought pesto?