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Last updated: 10 August 2020
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We blind taste test and compare 13 supermarket basil pestos, from brands including Aldi, Leggo's and Sacla, to find out which one you should be tossing through your pasta.

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How we test

Products

We tested 13 pesto products that are available in major supermarket chains. Price is based on the jar size specified bought in Sydney stores (not on special) in May/June 2020.

Tasting

Our experts tasted the pesto samples 'blind' (without knowing the brands).

Scores

Experts independently judged all pesto products, scoring each sample for appearance, aroma, flavour and texture. The CHOICE Expert Rating is made up of taste 90% (50% flavour, 20% texture, 20% aroma and 10% appearance) and nutrition 10% (based on the Health Star Rating, calculated from the details in the nutrition information panel and converted to a percentage). We recommend products with a CHOICE Expert Rating of 70% or more.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Pack price in Sydney supermarkets (not on special) in May/June 2020.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 1.89 and 5.3

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    Percentage basil

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    As per the ingredients list on pack.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 12 and 58

    Price per 100g

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    Based on the price paid for specified pack sizes in Sydney supermarkets (not on special) in May/June 2020.

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    Sodium/100g (mg)

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    As per nutrition information panel on pack purchased.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 355 and 1400

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    • Price per 100g
    • Energy/100g (kJ)
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    • Sat fat/100g (g)
    • Sugars/100g (g)
    • Sodium/100g (mg)
    • % basil
    • Vegan
    • Ingredients
    • % Australian ingredients
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