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Canned Pasta Sauce [moved from Ontario board]

romeschica Aug 3, 2012 09:37 AM

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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    Herne RE: romeschica Aug 3, 2012 10:06 AM

    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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      Kagemusha RE: Herne Aug 3, 2012 12:10 PM

      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.

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      Yongeman RE: romeschica Aug 3, 2012 03:14 PM

      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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        cheesymama RE: Yongeman Aug 3, 2012 03:20 PM

        I second this one, it is fantastic.

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          jayt90 RE: cheesymama Aug 3, 2012 04:41 PM

          plus 3

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          Charles Yu RE: Yongeman Aug 3, 2012 03:23 PM

          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?!

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            Herne RE: Charles Yu Aug 3, 2012 05:14 PM

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

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              Yongeman RE: Herne Aug 3, 2012 06:16 PM

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

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                Herne RE: Yongeman Aug 3, 2012 08:52 PM

                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.

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                  Yongeman RE: Herne Aug 3, 2012 08:59 PM


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          childofthestorm RE: romeschica Aug 3, 2012 03:56 PM

          Rao's marinara!

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            happybaker RE: romeschica Aug 3, 2012 09:01 PM

            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. Ruthie789 RE: romeschica Aug 3, 2012 09:03 PM

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

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