Pesto…definitely one of my favourite things!
The word comes up often in my posts, since I add it to so many of my dishes.
If you are not familiar with it by now, please, do yourself a favour and try it. This simple but flavourful sauce is super versatile and can really kick up the yum factor in your cooking.
What exactly is it you ask?
Pesto is a sauce originating in Genova, in the Liguria region of northern Italy, that traditionally consists of garlic, basil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. These ingredients are crushed together with olive oil until well blended, usually with a mortar and pestle.
It goes without saying that this is the kind of thing that tastes best fresh, homemade, preferably with basil just picked from your garden!
Worth the effort, and so good!
But since that’s not always possible, I often use a store-bought variety. There are many out there, but one in particular stands out, in my opinion, and it’s the only one I buy now, since discovering it at my local Whole Foods.
It’s called LE GRAND PESTO.
Found in the refrigerated section, it peaked my interest because of its packaging, and gave me the impression that it would be fresh tasting and would keep its freshness once opened.
This product delivered!
Really good! It’s very much like a homemade pesto.
I have tried my share of prepared pesto sauces over the years. The jarred ones leave a lot to be desired unfortunately.
The freshly prepared in-store and local bakery varieties taste quite good, but they have a short shelf life (sometimes only a few days), and since a little pesto goes a long way, I end up throwing at least some of it out.
I hate throwing out food, makes me one mad mama!
That’s why I love this product. It tastes like the real thing and it lasts at least a couple weeks in the fridge once opened.(that’s the longest I have had it around, but it may in fact last longer).
I add it to soups, sauces and salad dressings as is, to give them a fresh burst of flavour. It also tastes terrific as a sandwich spread, like in this recipe:
Need a quick pasta sauce? In a small bowl combine a couple tablespoons of this pesto with a 1/4 cup of whipping cream, then add a minced garlic clove and freshly grated parmesan, stir, and toss together with hot, cooked pasta of your choice. A delicious pasta dinner!
There are some other varieties of pesto type sauces available by Le Grand. I have not tried them yet, but based on my pesto experience I am going to guess they are probably terrific.
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*this is NOT a sponsored post, I am just sharing my opinion on a product I think is excellent and worth trying.