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Jan 13, 2013 12:47 PM

Best marinara sauce in a jar?

OK, I know how easy it is to make excellent marinara sauce from scratch...but sometimes, I'm either too rushed or too lazy to do so. So far, I guess I've decided that amognst the widely available jarred sauces, I like Classico or Silver Palate the best. What's your favorite?

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  1. I just read this yesterday in the America's Test Kitchen Cookbook. Bertolli Tomato and Basil and Victoria Marinara were top ranked.

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    1. re: ButterYum

      Other tests with different results:

      I tried Giada's traditional marinara and it is extraordinarily good and fresh homemade tasting, and with good body and texture.

        1. re: mcf

          I love Giada's sauce. The garlic one is so amazing.

        2. I really dislike all jarred sauces except Giada De Lauentis'- great fresh, tangy flavor. The only place I've seen it (in MN) is at Target.

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          1. re: SmartCookie

            It's a target exclusive item. All of the Giada food and cooking equipment is made specially for target.

            We like the Kirkland (Costco) brand. No added sugar, nice texture.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              Does the kirkland come in small sizes to make a case?
              I find that the large jars, unless I use them in one or two uses will go bad...and if I am making something requiring a large amount of sauce I would be prepared to make my own for the dish.

              1. re: smilingal

                Being a single parent/empty nester, I too have a hard time using a full jar of sauce before it goes bad. Solution--put the excess sauce into ice cube trays; freeze, then put the cubes into a zip lock bag (squeeze all the excess air out). Defrost/use the cubes as needed.

            2. re: SmartCookie

              I sent Target an email because I couldn't find Giada Tomato Basil at any Target in my town, here's their reply.

              "After reading your e-mail, I checked to see if I could find the Tomato Basil Sauce you’re looking for. I’m sorry for any disappointment, but this has been discontinued and is no longer available."

            3. Rao's. IMHO, tastes the most like a fresh sauce of any canned I've ever tried. If you can't find it in your supermarket, you can buy it online -

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              1. re: texmexjerseygirl

                Sadly, it's extremely pricey. I like to buy nice quality san marzano tomatoes so I can make my own.

              2. Trader Joe's marinara is pretty good... I add a drizzle of good olive oil and a few fresh herbs, makes a good quick weeknight meal. It's also much less expensive than some of the supermarket brands.

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                1. re: iluvcookies

                  i've often "cheated" with the Trader Joe's marinara that comes in the can with the green label.

                  i saute fresh garlic slices in olive oil, then add the contents if the green can.

                2. Raos or Victorias both are delish