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Old 01-25-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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ISO recommendations on spaghetti/marinara

I have no interest in starting from scratch on a sphagetti sauce, I just need to add onion, mushroom and ground meat to a store bought bottle of sauce. To that end, does anyone have a reccomendation for the 'tartiest', tomato sharp bottled sauce with a strong marinara bite?


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Old 01-25-2012, 10:03 AM   #2
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My wife and I aren't fans of sweet spaghetti sauces, so I think we are on the same page as you. We found a pretty good one at Trader Joe's. I don't know where you are located, maybe you have a TJ's near you and can check it out.
It doesn't have any sugar or sweetener of any kind in it. I tweaked mine with a bit of homemade Italian sausage and have also tweaked it with ground beef. Both worked well with it.
If you drink red wine, a splash of red wine works well in it too.

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Old 01-25-2012, 10:55 AM   #3
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Southeast Texas and I don't think that we have a Trader Joes. Thanks for your response.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:46 AM   #4
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Whole Foods brand, by far. Im not a huge fan of their stuff but their jarred sauce is great. Perfect for adding your own special touches.

Store brand would be Barilla. Avoid Prego, it's like syrup.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:53 AM   #5
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If you are going to make additions to a basic sauce I would use a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes for less than a buck.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
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Contadina but it's not cheap.
A 2nd vote for Trader Joe's sauces, even though I have to hand carry them home, and they're in glass jars.
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:03 PM   #7
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While it is not a jarred sauce you could just get a can of crushed tomatoes and add what you will.

I use the 28oz can and add what seems right after browning the meat.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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I like Bertolli jarred sauces.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:36 PM   #9
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I like Classico Tomato Basil (NOT their Sweet Basil - they make 2 kinds), as a base sauce.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:07 PM   #10
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What I like is a Del Monte product, not sold as spaghetti sauce/marinara, but canned tomatoes with basil & garlic.

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