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Old 02-19-2018, 05:25 AM   #11
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You can also add meat, chicken or fish to it if it is plain tomato sauce base.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:40 AM   #12
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We only buy jarred pasta sauce for our hurricane supplies. In that situation, improvement is not really on our minds. So, I have no suggestions.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:51 AM   #13
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If you are going to go through all of the trouble of adding things to pasta sauce, you may as well start with a can of diced tomatoes and start from scratch......start with onions, garlic and then add tomatoes and your dried herbs. It will be ready in about the same amount of time your pasta is..just as easy, fresher taste, less sodium, and you can get exactly what you want..
Canned pasta sauces are the work of the devil...
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:45 AM   #14
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Hi Jerry
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:49 AM   #15
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A quick meatless sauce can be thrown together in a half-hour. Oil, onion, garlic, tomato and herbs. Simmer 20 minutes and you're done. It'll take you that long to do a worthwhile doctoring of a jar sauce and it will cost you more. Also, you can make a larger amount and freeze future meals so it takes no time at all.
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Old 02-19-2018, 12:23 PM   #16
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Honestly, I've made a killer pasta sauce with a can of tomatoes, EVOO, some spices and garlic in a matter of minutes. My reply may not be a direct answer to Jerry's question, but this is a cooking forum, I'm just trying to say that you can cook great food from scratch without spending hours in the kitchen.

I apologize for suggesting "cooking" on a cooking forum.

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For one thing, your original reply came across as sounding somewhat judgmental. I don't see anything wrong in answering the actual question as asked, then maybe making other suggestions.

The way you answered, it came across to me as a put down.
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:37 PM   #17
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I have used canned pasta sauce as a pizza sauce, and also lasagna..it does allow you to skip one step in some dishes...
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:02 PM   #18
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I think that everyone has their own opinions on "store bought pasta sauce".
Which brings to mind what Buckytom and Aunt Bea mentioned.

When we're talking about "store bought pasta sauce", what kind are we referring to?

My first thought goes to $1.00 a can of Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce
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Now, that needs improving, in the ways already stated above ^^

But then there's the higher end, top-shelf stuff (have you ever noticed that Hunt's canned tomato sauce IS on the bottom shelf? )

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I've been buying Trader Joe's Organic Marinara Sauce for years now,
no doctoring necessary. Heat and serve! Add ons are optional (I think that the seasonings of TJ's is spot on for us anyways ), and I do like some Meatballs or Sausages or Braciole or Country Spare Ribs or ....

I gotta be honest here, I haven't made scratch sauce in about 2 years now, I was, but then I didn't have all of my kitchen toys for awhile and just feel out of the habit of making a humongous pot-o-sunday-red-gravy for the freezer.
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I have used canned pasta sauce as a pizza sauce, and also lasagna..it does allow you to skip one step in some dishes...
I've done the same Rock!

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If I'm making a big batch of Lasagna, one to eat, one to freeze and one to share, I use the $1.00/can Hunt's... Lasagna takes alot of sauce!!
But I do add some more garlic, onions and oregano.
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I've done the same Rock!

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If I'm making a big batch of Lasagna, one to eat, one to freeze and one to share, I use the $1.00/can Hunt's... Lasagna takes alot of sauce!!
But I do add some more garlic, onions and oregano.
I like more chunks in my sauce, too..
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