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Pesto. Which is blander, green or red?

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princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 16:22:23

If any?

I've got some of each to use up and the 3 children have not had it before.

Ds doesn't like sauces on things at the moment so this should be ok as its more of a coating than a sauce.

Which one should I go for?

MrsBadger Thu 22-Feb-07 16:24:02

pesto is not bland!

I prefer the green as the red ones tend to be sundried tomato which I'm not a fan of

skinnymouse Thu 22-Feb-07 16:25:24

i think green is best

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 16:25:47

I couldn't think of the right word.


I meant which would be the best for my children who haven't had it before. They do eat other tomato based pasta sauces BTW

DimpledThighs Thu 22-Feb-07 16:26:05

red would be more acceptable in the colour spectrum - tomato sauce most kids are used to and that is red.

The sight of pasta/pesto will be odd if not had it before (not a prob round mine...)

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 16:27:23

They eat pasta almost daily, just not with pesto.

2 for red so far.

RedLorryYellowLorry Thu 22-Feb-07 16:27:25

Mine prefer the green but do eat the red as well.

Kelly1978 Thu 22-Feb-07 16:28:13

I think green is nicer, red is a bit rich.

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 16:30:09

I can't decide. Pasta nearly ready.

ledodgyDave Thu 22-Feb-07 16:31:15

I prefer red.

NbgsYellowFeathers Thu 22-Feb-07 16:32:17

I'd go for Red. You stand more of a chance of them eating it.

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 16:33:08

I think red is winning. It is the closest to what they've had before.

bundle Thu 22-Feb-07 16:33:45

just give them a spoon and let them decide themselves. seriously if it's bland then I'd take it back..

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 16:36:02

I did think of doing that but I know ds would say he doesn't want either. If its already on he should be ok.

bundle Thu 22-Feb-07 16:36:39

just give him pasta on its own then

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 16:37:56

He does eat that a lot but I don't think its a very good meal!

bundle Thu 22-Feb-07 16:38:53

how old?

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 16:41:07

4,5 and 18 months.

I've decided.

I'm going to give them a bowl of each colour each!!

I asked them to choose and they said the opposite to each other.

bundle Thu 22-Feb-07 16:42:26

red, white, green = perfect italian meal

Kelly1978 Thu 22-Feb-07 17:09:43

red green and white, that's interesting. I'm doing pasta, brocoli, and tomato for the kids tea! Would that qualify? Or would it be polluted by the brown sausages I'm adding.


<kelly wanders off wondering if she thinks too much>

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 17:14:25

OMG WHAT A DISASTER.

I gave dd (18m) red and she ate it all up.
I gave the other 2 both bowls, they both said 'yuk' at the green bowl. Normal so far.

Then they started eating the red. The 5yr old (next doors daughter)didn't look too impressed.

Anyway, the doorbell goes and its next door, the mum.

I casually say 'Oh they're just eating tea, pesto pasta'

And she says 'x can't eat nuts'

Aggggh she's allergic. I completely forgot. Thought Red Pesto=tomatoes

Yes I know green is obviously not tomato. Don't know what I was thinking. Basil mainly.

Anyway, she'd only had a few bites and is fine. She's mainly allergic to peanuts I think. And raw egg.

So embarrasing.



Mum was fine too.

Kelly1978 Thu 22-Feb-07 17:24:34

well pesto is supposed to be made with pine nuts, that's how I make it. And the pine nut is actually a seed and not a nut...

princessmel Thu 22-Feb-07 17:25:37

I know !! I just didn't think.

sophy Thu 22-Feb-07 19:32:34

Real pesto is only ever green - basil, pecorino, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil.
yummy. the red stuff is nice but shouldn't be called pesto.

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