Mario Batali pasta sauce
Costso is selling a 2-jar pack (24 oz each) of Mario Batali pasta sauce that is very light and delicious. Sorry I can't remember what I paid for it.
I bought some when I was there last week. I haven't tried it yet, so good to know it's delicious. I think it was about $8 for the 2 pack.
Limited quantities left at the NW Costco location. I was there tonight and there were probably about nine 2-jar packs left. They were $8.69 for the 2-pack. I agree it is delish!
Edmonton West end Costco had lots and lots and lots of these. They were even taste testing them.
Taste is indeed light and quality seems to be better than most jarred sauces... I found it a little sweet for my personal taste (not sickeningly sweet like candy, but a little too much cherry tomato sweet). The other person I was with liked it a lot.
I finally got to Costco (NE Calgary) and got some of this sauce ($8.69/2). Apparently he makes various flavors (Arrabiata, and Tomato Basil that I could see online). Costco only had 'cherry tomato'. I don't give a crap about celebrity chef endorsements, but WOW, it's really good. It says it's fresh and it tastes like it, to me. We really enjoyed it.
Beacon Hill was down to just a few dozen jars. (Sign had the * on it which means it isn't coming back.) Quite a few of the jars had lost their seal and a friend of mine bought some that were also 'broken' - I am wondering if that is why they aren't carrying them any longer. It sure is good sauce.
Make your own....
Basic Tomato Sauce
Recipe courtesy Mario Batali
Prep Time:15 minInactive Prep Time:--Cook Time:45 min
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, 1/4-inch dice
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried
1/2 medium carrot, finely grated
2 (28-ounce) cans peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reserved
Spaghetti, cooked al dente
Whole basil leaves, for garnish
Grated Parmesan, (optional)
In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot, and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt and serve. This sauce holds 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.
When ready to use, the cooked pasta should be added to a saucepan with the appropriate
amount of sauce. Garnish with basil leaves and cheese, if using.
Try it alone. What you are tasting is simply the natural sugars found in the ripe cherry tomatoes and the depth of the tomato flavour, which is typically better in cherry tomatoes.
This is the kind of sauce best eaten plain with pasta and if you wish, parmesan and/or cracked pepper.
There is no added sugar, only natural ingredients and if you should have any other prepared pasta sauce at home, compare the label ingredients and you will find that Mario's has about 25% of the sugar found in other prepared sauces.
I think it is the best prepared sauce I've ever had. But I know it will not please everyone.
I as unable to find this at Costco (NE) again, since my post last month. I suspect they aren't carrying it anymore as other Chowfriends noted. I did however, see on Saturday at Cookbook Company. They had a few different flavors. But it was so OVER PRICED, I laughed aloud. $13.99 a jar. As if.... I like it, but will NEVER pay that price for a jar.