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It’s truly unfortunate that you have only tested all of the common tomato sauces that all basically taste similar to ketchup and or tomato soup
Do yourself a huge favor and get your hands on a jar of Antonio Carlo Gourmet Marinara Sauce and be transcended back to Old World Italt and your Nanas Kitchen. Unlike anything else…it actually tastes the way it should taste.
Raos I just dont get it… Its nothing special and WAY overpriced…Classico tastes better at a much better price
The best jar sauce was Mario Batali’s, unfortunately no longer available. I totally disagree with your third choice, Classico is too acidity.
Hell! it’s Me again! Regarding sauce adhesion to pasta. There’s one NO-NO, never do, & one remedy procedure. Never add any oil to pasta boiling water. Salt is OK, but no oil. it coats and seals the starch into the pasta. If your boiling bath water goes milky-white it’s excessive starch leaching out of the pasta. Consider transferring to a fresh pot of boiling water, just prior to the al dente state. When done, sieve dry pasta for a few minutes until sticky. Then add the sauce. . . . Dynamite won’t separate those two. Manja-manja! ~Mark
I just an across this and up until about a year ago I wouldn’t would ave agreed with the winner, but then I discovered Hoboken Farms Marinara Sauce I told my hubby that I never need to make homemade sauce again(I was kidding but it’s a great last minute substitution.
I am a fan of Bertolli’s, all flavours.
I’ve never seen Rao’s here in Canada. My cheat is to use a high quality passata with Italian grown tomatoes a jar is only $2. I use them in the buttery tomato pasta recipe from this site, put the pasta on first, start the sauce and the sauce will be done before the pasta is ready it’s that quick. It’s my go to quick meal we have it all the time. Great for kids.
@Colleen Mullaly You can find Rao’s at Longos and many other premium-style grocery stores. I see it all over the place in Toronto, and I shop at a pretty normal range of grocery stores. It’s really expensive, though. The cheapest I’ve seen it is $9 a jar.
I love Rao’s! I do eat it straight out of the jar and also poach eggs in it for breakfast. So, so delicious. I actually buy it by the case when the large jars go on sale at Whole Foods.
I almost always make my own sauce. However I keep a jar of Raos on hand just in case. It just tastes like home made. It doesn’t have “that taste” whatever it is that jarred sauce has.
I want to clarify what I wrote earlier: Merzetta marinara and Silver Palate low salt marinara are both at my very large supermarket. Giada is sold at Target and I’ve never seen it elsewhere. Another excellent supermarket specialty brand is Alessi, which has lots of olive oil in it for great taste and be mouth feel. I’m not in the Victoria camp, I found it very bland and a little thin. I’m among the Newman negatives but hear the roasted garlic is good. I have never had Raos but will try it soon.
I totally agree; ever since I discovered Rao’s; I buy it exclusively, no matter what the price!!
I would like you to throw Mid’s True Sicilian Pasta Sauce in the mix. This is an all natural, slow simmer product right from Nonna’s cookbook! I promise that will not be disappointed.
The Original Vincents Sauces Are Amazing. Their Mild , Marinara and Tomato Basil Are All Great. I Love Raos But Switched Recently.
Best sauce in a jar on the market is Mid’s True Sicilian Pasta Sauce….by far!! Raos is good but Mid’s is GREAT!
I rarely use jarred pasta sauce, but if I have to, I only use imported from Italy “Mutti” brand. It’s unbeatable. My cousins in Italy recommended it to me when I visited.
Rao’s is my favorite. Victoria is also good. A new one that just started appearing about two years ago in my area, Hoboken Farms, is excellent.
As far as price, I just wait until one of the above three brands go on sale….which is literally a couple of times a month….and get a couple of jars. You can buy even Rao’s for $4.99 a jar if you just wait until it goes on sale…..I love Rao’s but there’s no way Im paying the regular price of $7.99.
I’m waiting on the sale, Rich! Thanks for the comment.
Rao’s and Victoria are my two favorite marinaras-what I miss the most is Bove’s vodka sauce, I can’t find it anywhere near me.
I’ve never tried Victoria! Going to remedy that! Thanks, Julie.
Bertolli olive oil & garlic
I have to jump on the Victoria White Linen bandwagon. Costco, we stock up when it’s on sale. My husband would LITERALLY drink this from the jar if I let him. I’ve never been a fan of red sauce, or any sauce, so I used to make and can my own just so that it appealed to me. And now we just stick to Victoria’s.
Can’t wait to try it, Lisa! Thank you!
It’s been years since I’ve tried theirs. Will have to do so again, Claudia. Thanks!