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Aug 3, 2012 09:37 AM

Canned Pasta Sauce [moved from Ontario board]

What's a good quality pasta sauce that doesn't taste sweet and readily available?

I've tried Classico, Ragu, CountrySelect, and Longos brand (spicy arabiatta sauce) and they were overly sweet.


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  1. You could try Bravo sauce. I don't find it sweet. Bravo sauce with meat is even better but very hard to find.

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    1. re: Herne

      Grad school survival trick was to hack Bravo meat sauce into something actually not half bad with a little fresh garlic, oregano and basil and a splash of plonk if any was around. Bottled sauces, even the "better" ones, are usually awful.

    2. The absolute best pasta sauce that I've found is the White Linen Collection 'All Natural' Marinara Sauce available at Costco. It's awesome. I have made my own for years, but this one is fantastic. Ingredients: "imported Italian tomatoes, Italian olive oil, fresh white onions, fresh garlic, fresh chopped basil, sea salt, spices".
      Three times when I've been purchasing it at Costco, the checkout person has spontaneously commented about how much she loves this sauce (3 different cashiers at 2 different Costco stores). I think it's $4.59 for a large 1.18 L bottle. It's a product of Victoria Fine Foods, Brooklyn NY.

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      1. re: Yongeman

        I second this one, it is fantastic.

        1. re: Yongeman

          Costco's White Linen sauce is awesome. Its one of the least 'acidic' commercial pasta sauce around. However, as such, I think the OP will find that too sweet?!

          1. re: Charles Yu

            I agree. While White Linen gave the impression of being very fresh I found it too sweet. Only bought one bottle as a result.

            1. re: Herne

              The only sweetness is from the tomatoes. To my taste, it's not sweet.

              1. re: Yongeman

                I think that you are correct that the sweetness comes from the tomatoes. As I recall there was no indication of additional sweeteners on the label. But I still thought it too sweet. If we all had the same taste there would only be need for 1 brand of sauce.

          1. When I do buy a premade sauce - the best bet (for me) is to look for one with no added sugar.

            I cannot remember the canned sauce I used to buy 15 years ago - but it was awesome, no added sugar. Trader joes has a decent marina sauce. And I've heard good things about the wolfing puck pasta sauces - no added sugar as well.


            1. Cosco has a tomato pasta sauce called White Linen. It is really good but a little high in salt.