Organic Basil Pesto alla Genovese Dairy & Gluten Free 180g

La Macina Ligure

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This traditional basil "Pesto alla Genovese" by La Macina Ligure is one of the most popular products in our shop: 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.


Try it on pasta of course, but also on grilled chicken, grilled halloumi and vegetables, or better still, share your own recipe and let us know your thoughts!


The short version of it is that we love it because it was the best tasting pesto we sampled. The longer version though is almost as tasty as this wondrous jar, so here we go!

Imagine this: a traditional Italian long table with red and white runner and about ten friends blind tasting many of the products on this website... this is in fact how we choose most of the range. 

When the time came to vote for the best pesto sauce on the table, we got a nearly unanimous response: it was the one labelled with number 6. 

To our surprise, we later found that jar number 6 was in fact this very same one from La Macina Ligure.

As you may know, the original recipe of Pesto alla Genovese calls for parmesan or pecorino cheese, so at that point we couldn't resist... we had to call the producers and get their secret!

First and foremost, 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.

We were very impressed, and still are every time we open a new jar. Try it and so will you.


Extra virgin olive oil, cashews, basil, pine nuts, salt (allergens in bold)
Gluten and Dairy Free. 


La Macina Ligure was the very first company we visited back in 2015, well before the website was built or we had a place for the products to be stored. We were welcomed with open arms, showed around the factory and answered every question we had. Who knew there was so much to learn behind these products!

Their mission has always been to bring a piece of Liguria to home all over the world. We are super happy they choose us to be their first importer in the UK. This product is a 100% Gold Beetle Certified™.

Customer Reviews

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Melanie M.

As my husband says, this should come with an addiction health warning. We are now very much looking forward to trying the tomato version. Be back soon!

So happy to read your feedback Melanie! Look forward to knowing your thoughts on the tomato version too. x