Nothing like a little hyperbole to start your engines!
Anyway, I’m not going to pretend that homemade sauce will ever be equaled by a bottled sauce. (By the way, here’s my recipe.) However, if the sauce in question has the same ingredients and tastes oodles better than that average Ragu swill, well, you’ve got something special on your hands.
When, during the course of human events, one must actually used a bottled sauce, you should look for not more than seven ingredients:
1. Tomatoes (duh!)
2. Olive oil
6. Salt (preferably Sea)
Everything should be fresh. But, even more important is what should not be in the sauce: tomato paste. When you see this on a bottle, go home and cry. You’re better off frying up some tomatoes in olive oil with a sprinkle of Parmesan.
Personally, I’ve always been a Rao‘s man. Great sauce, no doubt. But this new one is a contender and the price is a few bucks cheaper than the big R.
It’s called Paesana Marinara and it just blew my mind.