Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto at Costco

Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto Review
Kirkland Basil Pesto

Product Name: Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto

Product Description: 22 ounce refrigerated jar of Basil Pesto from Costco.

Brand: Kirkland Signature

Offer price: 9.49

Currency: USD

  • Complex Flavors
  • Rich Pasta Sauce
  • Healthy
4.3

Summary

Kirkland’s Basil Pesto is dangerously delicious.  The sauce is loaded with basil, olive oil, pine nuts and classic Italian cheeses.

The flavor is rich and complex and is the best pesto I have ever tried.

This sauce is also loaded with calories, fat and salt so do not go overboard or make the mental mistake of thinking that just because it is green that it must be healthy.

Pros

Amazing Flavor

Rich, Complex Sauce

Cons

High Calories, Fat, Salt

I have been trying out some pre-made raviolis and sauces from Costco the past few weeks and have found some great products along the way.  One of my most favorite recent finds in the Kirkland Basil Pesto made with 100% Imported Italian Basil.

The bottle indicates DOP status but I believe this is for the origin of the basil only.  The pesto itself is made in the USA and therefore could not have a DOP designation.

Kirkland Basil Pesto

Kirkland Basil Pesto Nutrition and Ingredients

Let’s take a closer look at what you get with this jar of pesto.

Nutrition Facts

You get 22 ounces of pesto in each jar.  One serving is one quarter cup and there are about 10 servings per jar.

The nutritional facts for a single serving are:

  • Calories: 330
  • Fat: 30g (38% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV)
  • Sodium: 630mg (27% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 9g (3% DV)
  • Protein: 6g

Basil Pesto Nutrition

Ingredient List

The pesto has the following ingredients:

  • Basil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pine nuts
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Garlic
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Citric acid
  • Black pepper

Both the basil and the Pecorino Romano cheese are labeled as DOP.

How Does Kirkland Pesto Taste?

The pesto is rich, flavorful, complex and absolutely delicious.

This sauce has 330 calories per 1/4 cup serving and you can taste and savor each and every calorie. The brightly colored basil provides an excellent background for the richness of the pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.  The Pecorino Romano comes in with an earthy, almost spicy, note and the fruitiness of the olive oil holds all of the players together.

This is the best pesto I have ever had.

Kirkland Basil Pesto on Chicken Ravioli

The pesto is so rich that it does not pair well with everything.

For example, the pesto was absolutely amazing when paired with Costco’s slightly bland Chicken and Mozzarella Ravioli but was too much when paired with Costco’s incredibly rich Lobster Ravioli.

Reviews From Amazon Customers

I wanted to see what other people thought about this pesto so I checked out the customer reviews on Amazon.  There were 170 reviews for this pesto on Amazon as of December, 2021 which is enough information to draw some general conclusions.

The takeaway from this data set is that, in general, people really like this pesto with 82% of customers leaving either a 5 of 4 Star review.  Only 12% of reviewers were unhappy enough to leave a 1 or 2 Star review.

Amazon Reviews of Kirkland Basil Pesto

Some of the Positive comments left by Amazon customers include:

  • Really good & freezes well in old school ice trays. 
  • This is the best basil pesto I’ve tried. Wonderful texture and flavor, many uses in food preparations
  • This is THE BEST pesto. As good as the fresh home made one. Since I have discovered it, i have stopped making fresh pesto at home, why bother 🙂 Its fresh, flavorful and fresh green color! I have tried some expensive Italian pesto and this beats everyone hand down. 

Many of the comments associated with the 1 and 2 Star reviews were about problems with Amazon’s pricing and shipping and did not reflect on the quality of the product itself.  There were a few negative comments about the flavor of the pesto and some representative comments are included below.

  • Well, the basil flavor is hard to discern, the overwhelming taste is Salt, and the Parmesan cheese. Parmesan cheese flavor comes through strongly. If you didn’t know anything about Pesto, and this is your first introduction to Pesto, your immediate reaction would be: “Wow, too salty, what is this agai,..”
  • I make my own pestos most of the time. I thought that I would give this a try – it looked delicious. We hated it! I am a salt lover but this stuff was way too salty and did not have enough basil flavor. Just awful. Very disappointed in this product.
  • Sunflower oil is NOT ALLOWED in pesto

The negative comments reflect that the basil is not the dominant flavor and that the pesto is too salty.

While I think the pesto tastes amazing I do agree that the basil flavor is not as dominant as expected and the salt content is high.

Costco Value

I bought the 22 ounce bottle of this pesto at Costco for $9.49 which works out to a cost of $0.431 per ounce.

In comparison, if you buy the most popular pesto at Target, Barilla Classic, then the 6.2 ounce bottle will cost you $2.99.  This works out to a cost of $0.482 per ounce.

This means that you will save $0.051 per ounce (10%) by purchasing the larger jar at Costco.  This is not a huge savings but, given how amazing the pesto tastes, I really don’t care if I am saving any money.

Cost of Kirkland Basil Pesto at Costco

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