I really love Pesto, a little bit obsessively – spread on toast, in pasta, in soups, in a jacket spud or stirred in a bowl of beans. I’ve tried all the vegan jar varieties and they just have this strange taste that I can only describe as metallic. I much prefer to make my own but to be honest, although it is easy, I never seem to have the time when the pesto urge hits me. I have to pre-empt the craving by having a load of fresh basil ready to use and the size of my blender means I have to make a lot for it to mix well and it’s just not always practical.
So when I saw The Happy Pear Pesto in the chilled section at Waitrose for £3, I tentatively made the purchase hoping for a more successful shop-bought pesto experience. I was not disappointed! It’s so amazingly creamy and has a huge lemon kick which is always a winner in my book. The Pesto has no preservatives and is wheat and soy-free.
I’ve used the £3 tub to make pesto pasta with broad beans and cherry tomatoes and a jacket spud filled with the pesto and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast. The final two tablespoons were used to make a soup which my nine year old said was the best soup he’s ever tasted (and that’s some going – I make a lot of soups!) Check out my Recipe here.
Overall the Happy Pear Pesto is great value for money, has an amazing taste, is super convenient and eco friendly in its recyclable tub. I’m not saying I’ll never make Pesto again, but this is a great option for controlling the pesto urges.
You can buy the Pesto and other ranges from The Happy Pear in Waitrose.