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Organic Basil Pesto alla Genovese Dairy & Gluten Free 500g


This La Macina Ligure basil "Pesto alla Genovese" is one of the most popular products in our shop and one of the first to be selected back in 2015. Its unique blend of basil and mediterranean flavours needs no introduction, but the best part is that it is dairy and gluten free without losing any ounce of flavour.

Great on pasta of course, but on grilled halloumi and roasted vegetables, eggs benedict and bruschetta.

Here in the 500g jar.

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DetailsEverything you need to know about this product.

At the beginning of our journey, we hosted "tasting nights". It was our way to include family and friends in the selection of our products, and Pesto alla Genovese was simply the perfect one to start with.

We set up the table, handed over score cards, and allowed our guests to proceed with blind tasting. La Macina Ligure Pesto alla Genovese was the one everyone selected as their favourite.

As you may know, the original recipe of Pesto alla Genovese calls for parmesan or pecorino cheese, so this is not what you would call the most traditional of pestos. It is also true that the if you were to purchase a jar of pesto in Liguria, that would have to be refrigerated right away, something we are not able to do. We are fairly confident though, this is no way any less delicious or authentic.

La Macina Ligure's secret? They do not pasteurise the ingredients: this allows to retain all the flavours. And then they add cashews: with their rich and creamy texture, cashews cover for the missing cheese that is normally used. However the real hero is the organic basil, grown to the perfect moment, and picked a little earlier and worked quickly, to avoid oxidation and keep that bright green colour.

Hope you enjoy this pesto, as much as we do!

IngredientsSee a complete list of ingredients.

Extra virgin olive oil, CASHEW NUTS, basil, salt, PINE NUTS (allergens in CAPS). Made using organic ingredients in Liguria, Italy.

Producer Learn more about who made this product.

La Macina Ligure was the very first company we visited back in 2015, well before this website was built or we had a place for the products to be stored. Mr Bruno, the owner and director, welcomed us with open arms, showed around the factory and answered any question we had.

Their mission has always been to bring a piece of Liguria to tables all over the world. In doing so, they also committed to using organic ingredients, well before it was fashionable.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Kezia B.
A taste of Italy!

Very good product! It is like the one I ate in Italy! Lived it!

Caroline A.
Brilliant company - Brilliant products!

Never had anything except for superb service and wonderful products. Communication and delivery are excellent and their Pesto alla Genovese is the best I have found anywhere - even though it has no cheese in it (which is very hard to believe when you taste it) . Ace company!

Thank you so much Caroline for your lovely words. And 100% agree on the Pesto alla Genovese: it took us a while to realise that there was no cheese inside but it was incredibly delicious nevertheless!

Michaela M.
Fantastic pesto

As always the pesto Genovese is superb and is a true authentic product and I would recommend it