Monday, May 10, 2010

Food Product Review: Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce


By Pam Houghton

Product Name:
Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce
Retail Price: varies depending on size, but I bought a 15.5 oz. jar for $6.39
Where to get it: bought a jar at Kroger's, but it is also available online
Recommended: Yes

When I want to make a meal I'm sure both of my kids will eat, I usually add a half pound of browned ground sirloin to a jar of spaghetti sauce heated up on the stove, toss it over cooked spaghetti noodles, and voila, I have the meal no one complains about.

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I thought I'd check out a variation on that tried and true theme. Musing over the myriad of pasta sauces in the Italian foods section, a little jar of Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce caught my eye. At 15.5 oz., it was half the size I normally buy.

Checking out the label on the back of the jar, I saw a recipe for Spaghetti Alla Bolognese. It called for oil, garlic and a half pound of ground beef. Not much different from my usual meal, but thought it might have a different taste than what we're used to; so I bought it along with the other required ingredients.

Later that week, I made the Spaghetti Alla Bolognese, cooking the oil and garlic and meat together before adding the marinara sauce and letting the meat and sauce mixture simmer for ten or so minutes. Served it on top of some nice corkscrew pasta and boy, was it good. Flavorful, rich and very Italian. And yes, very homemade-tasting.

It turned out to be a nice alternative to the generic spaghetti dinner I usually serve. And everyone ate it up - always a good sign.

Rao's Homemade Marinara sauce can be ordered online through their website. I also saw it available on Amazon.com. (And I thought they just sold books.) I purchased mine at Kroger's so I assume it's available at most major grocery chains, but I could not find anything on the Internet to back that up.

Rao's also offers other flavors of sauces which you'll find on their website, along with pasta and other ingredients used to cook Italian dishes.

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