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Jul 16, 2013 04:22 PM

ISO a store-bought tomato based pasta sauce

that doesn't taste tomatoey, If there is no such animal, can I add something to the sauce to cut the acidity such as a bay leaf?

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  1. The really cheapo stuff like Prego doesn't taste much like real tomato to me.

    Better quality sauces strive to taste like tomatoes.

    But you can add other strong tasting ingredients that compete with the tomato.

    Garlic, onion, sausage, durian

    Bay leaves won't cut acidity. Sugar masks it. So that would be Prego.

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      We don't want the sauce to overpower the dish. We've been using Prego and find it too acidic. Maybe it's the amount of tomato paste they use. I always add garlic and hot Italian sausage but it doesn't help.

    2. Have you tried a Vodka sauce? These have a slightly creamy consistency that cuts the tomato. Most of the major brands have this variety.

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      1. re: pamf

        I've seen it on the shelves but haven't tried it yet. It sounds like what I'm looking for.

        1. re: mucho gordo

          Vodka sauce is really easy to make from scratch. I've made this one from Pioneer Woman and it is really good and easy:

          1. re: mucho gordo

            I know it's not "tomato" but have you ever tried roasted red pepper cream sauce? I've tried both jarred and made my own (I also keep jarred roasted red peppers on my pantry shelf, so it makes it that much easier - and it's almost as easy as opening a jar). It might fit the bill for you.

          2. re: pamf

            I make vodka sauce a lot with store bought sauce. Cheaper than buying the vodka sauce in the jar. It really does tone down the sauce and no alcohol in it. It cooks off.

            1. re: katz66

              No, it does not cook off, at least a much more significant amount of alcohol remains than was previously believed. See this article:

              1. re: zeldaz51

                So 15% of the alcohol remains of a half cup of vodka that is in a gallon of sauce.. With a cup of cream added to it. So you tell me how much alcohol does the one cup serving have in it? Don't forget to add the simmering time with top off.

          3. Rao's sauces are pretty good, but they are expensive and their secret is lots of EVOO. So maybe you could buy a cheaper sauce and add a flavorful olive oil.

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            1. re: Isolda

              Are you saying that adding olive oil will dilute the tomatoey taste?

            2. I like Safeway store brand vodka sauce. I used half a jar last night with some leftover grilled brats, sliced, over fettuccine. Not "authentic," whatever that is, but palatable with a half bottle of Chianti Classico.

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              1. Just an FYI - most Italian restaurants generally sell their sauce. Maybe worth a call or 2.