A Bottled Sauce That Doesn’t Taste Bottled

Bottled tomato sauce usually tastes like one thing, bottled tomato sauce. It is usually lacking something and when I taste a good one, I usually say something like, “It tastes really good for bottle sauce.” At Eataly I came across Lidia’s marinara sauce, and let me tell you. This is a sauce that you will be able to pass off as your own. You can say that you made it yourself and no one will be none the wiser. It has a texture of say a salsa you would find in a Mexican restaurant and tastes very fresh.

I opened a bottle over a week ago and used about half of it. Today I tasted it again and it tasted just as good. The ingredients were wonderful to read as well. It says that it is made of California crushed tomatoes, imported Italian whole  peeled tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, fresh carrots, fresh garlic, fresh basil, honey, salt and crushed red pepper. There are no chemicals or dyes or any of that stuff that I don’t understand, which is quite wonderful when buying products today. I was surprised to see that there were carrots in here, it’s not a typical ingredient I see in sauces and I couldn’t taste it. I wonder if carrots were used instead of sugar which is normally used to take away some of the acidity of the tomatoes. It’s a bit pricey, around $7 a jar, but if you are having guests over, make the splurge because it will be worth it. I poured mine over fresh pappardelle pasta and grated fresh pecorino cheese over it. So basic and homey.

-Joyce Huang

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