Best Pesto Sauces in 2020



Barilla Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce, 6 Ounce Review:


This is a neat incorporation of ingredients that tastes kind of fresh. The price here is usually higher than in store but convenient. As long as you like basil pesto combined with deep flavored tomato you should like. Sometimes I'm in the mood for one of the other but this is definitely good stuff . . . be it just a teeny tiny bit of good stuff :- )



Knorr Sauce Mix Sauce Mix, Bearnaise 0.9 oz (Pack of 24) Review:


I love this pesto sauce. I find I need far less oil and use more water without losing the wonderful flavor. I use approximately 3 bags for 8 pounds of chicken cut into small pieces. I marinade it overnight, several hours is fine also. I grill it on my George Foreman grill, fantastic. I save the sauce run off because that is wonderful. An outdoor grill would also be fine, the oil in the sauce works well for the chicken grilled. You would not believe how good the flavor is. I use two pounds of thin pasta broken (just my preference, whole is fine) before I put it into the water. When it is done I use another bag of pesto sauce dry, no liquid needed and mix it into the pasta to add flavor, two probably would be better.

I used to use the sauce with plain pasta and I love that. Again, no need to use as much oil as indicated. Just increase the amount of water, less calories. I have bought fresh pesto sauce which of course is delicous but the calories and fat are way too much. Besides, this is so easy to make.



Classico Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce (8.1 oz Jar) Review:


I've tried more expensive brands but haven't found one as reliably full-flavored as this one. It's so affordable. I keep on hand at all times. Sometimes I pour off a little of the extra oil to dress a salad. I stir into soups or eggs. It's great on pizzas and pasta, of course, but there are so many other great ways to enjoy its basil yumminess!

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Amore Pesto Paste, 2.8 Ounce Tube Review:


Basil is one of my favorite herbs, and for me, it's pretty tricky to grow this time of year and it's also super expensive in the grocery store. The Amore Pesto Paste is pretty delicious. I added it to my tomato bisque and it was delicious. The flavor is very concentrated so about a teaspoon was enough for the 48oz. batch I made. A small squirt in the spaghetti sauce gave it a really fresh taste, too. I am going to keep this on hand throughout the year, so that when basil is in season, I can intensify the flavor of the fresh with this product.

The tube is like thick foil/metal and the cap is used to poke a hole in the end. It has a slightly nutty flavor, but for making actual pesto, I would add some fresh pine nuts sprinkled on top just because I really like them. The ingredients include sunflower oil, which is a nice, light oil. A good olive oil and a bit of fresh lemon really brightens the flavor for basil-based dishes or on seafood.

The tube I received expires in June of 2015, which is about 18 months from the date delivered. The directions say "refrigerate after opening", so I keep it in the vegetable bin. Now if I could just find some good tomatoes this time of year, I'd make a delicious Caprize.



Seggiano, Fresh Basil Pesto, 7 oz Review:


I have to say this is the best jarred pesto I’ve ever had. I was on a hunt for a premade pesto that was actually made with olive oil and not those other nasty oils like sunflower or canola that they usually use. This is it! And if you want parmesan cheese (yes please), you can add it. This is delicious! I wish I’d bought more than one jar!



KC Natural No Tomato Pasta Sauce (16oz) - 4-pack Review:


My husband and I have tried several different non-tomato pasta sauces since we went "Lectin-Free" a year ago. And we have had several disappointments. This is by far the best flavored, best textured, best over-all sauce we have found. It is a "keeper". The first time I tasted it, I kept repeating "This is delicious!" We have had it in omlets, with sweet potato noodles, poured over sweet potatos, and I've even spooned it over my salad in place of salad dressing one night when we ran out of salad dressing. It also comes in smaller jars than others, which is perfect. It's easier for two people to use the smaller jars without any waste. I really recommend giving this one a try.



Prego Italian Sauce, Basil Pesto, 8 oz Review:


Really wanted to love this because we love authentic pesto, but unfortunately, it falls short of expectations. It’s good if it’s the only option and a quick meal is needed, but be warned: it's main ingredient is soybean oil-NOT olive oil;
it is also salty & caused heartburn (both of which could have been caused by the main ingredients).
Served it alone over plain stir fry rice noodles and it was good but it could have been great if olive oil was the main ingredient (My Italian Nona would have a few choice words for the guy who made soybean oil the main ingredient instead of olive oil)! On the plus side: it was flavorful & the small 8 ounce jar went a long way. Pesto made from scratch with olive oil & less sodium is a better tasting, healthier alternative for my family, but I could see myself using this occasionally as a side dish.
Update: Used less sauce in a similar dish and it wasn't as salty (or flavorful) and so far, no heartburn. Closer inspection of the ingredients list showed that it does indeed have some olive oil in it-but it is way down near the end of the list-meaning that there is very little.
Not authentic Pesto but still a quick, convenient, tasty way to feed a family quickly.



Alessi Pesto 3.5 Oz (Pack of 4) Review:


This is composed of Olive oil, basil, Pecorino Romano cheese, pine nuts, salt, garlic, white balsamic vinegar and preservatives sodium benzoate and phosphoric acid. These are the only ingredients that should be in a basil pesto (preservatives are not necessary if it is made fresh). The only acceptable substitution can be Parmigiana-Reggiano cow milk cheese or Grana Padano for the sheep Pecorino Romano. Any other ingredients are flags of an ersatz product such as: cashews/walnuts/pistachios, soy/sunflower/cottonseed/etc oils, potato flakes, spinach, imitation Parmesan cheese, glucose syrup/sugar, yeast extract, spices, flavors and so on.



Knorr Pesto Sauce Mix, 0.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12) Review:


Love, love, love Pesto and have been using first McCormick then Knorr packets for years. I usually use two packets with a lb. box of pasta to have lots of sauce. Following the instructions, l use EVOO for the oil and then some additional Parmesan cheese in the mix, along with toasted pignoli nuts, I am soooo happy to eat the end result! I recommend it if you don't grow your own basil to make your own.