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  1. #1
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.

    Somebody here mentioned these about a decade ago and I've been
    buying them over most any other jarred sauces for 7.5 years. They
    don't taste tinny at all now that they line the cans with .. oh I
    probably don't want to know. And they're not sweet like the Ragu
    and (even worse) Prego that are meant for children.

    The only exception to canned vs. jars that I've found are the
    Mezetta's Napa Valley Bistro line of sauces, but they're not
    cheap. I have a stash of $2/off coupons that don't expire which
    makes them much more affordable.

    I rarely eat actual spaghetti, preferring to use the sauces on
    ravioli, stuffed shells, in sausage peppers and onions, dips,
    etc... The only thin spaghetti I do eat is aglio olio with red
    pepper and shrimp.

    I just thought I'd renew this dated culinary recommendation. I
    know some of you will want to reply that you only make your own
    spaghetti sauce, starting with canned tomato sauce no doubt. But
    you can doctor these up, too.

    Try em. You'll like em. That is, unless you actually *like* that
    Ragu and Prego goop.

    -sw

  2. #2
    Larry Guest

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    Sqwertz wrote:
    > They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.
    >
    > Somebody here mentioned these about a decade ago and I've been
    > buying them over most any other jarred sauces for 7.5 years. They
    > don't taste tinny at all now that they line the cans with .. oh I
    > probably don't want to know. And they're not sweet like the Ragu
    > and (even worse) Prego that are meant for children.
    >
    > The only exception to canned vs. jars that I've found are the
    > Mezetta's Napa Valley Bistro line of sauces, but they're not
    > cheap. I have a stash of $2/off coupons that don't expire which
    > makes them much more affordable.
    >
    > I rarely eat actual spaghetti, preferring to use the sauces on
    > ravioli, stuffed shells, in sausage peppers and onions, dips,
    > etc... The only thin spaghetti I do eat is aglio olio with red
    > pepper and shrimp.
    >
    > I just thought I'd renew this dated culinary recommendation. I
    > know some of you will want to reply that you only make your own
    > spaghetti sauce, starting with canned tomato sauce no doubt. But
    > you can doctor these up, too.
    >
    > Try em. You'll like em. That is, unless you actually *like* that
    > Ragu and Prego goop.
    >
    > -sw
    >

    Marinara sauces? Bertolli ain't bad.

  3. #3
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    I like Newmann's Own, but they are a bit pricey.

    I just buy Ragu and doctor it up with my own ground beef, diced roma
    tomato and mushrooms and spices. Just had some as a matter of fact!
    Mmmmm!


    John Kuthe...

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    On 2010-06-26, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    > They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.


    As little as $.50 when on sale.

    I bought Golden Grain Marinara Sauce in a can for decades. Was my
    favorite. Still great, but now only see it in jars. I suspect they
    changed to get equal snob status with Ragu, etc.

    nb

  5. #5
    Cheryl Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.
    >
    > Somebody here mentioned these about a decade ago and I've been
    > buying them over most any other jarred sauces for 7.5 years. They
    > don't taste tinny at all now that they line the cans with .. oh I
    > probably don't want to know. And they're not sweet like the Ragu
    > and (even worse) Prego that are meant for children.
    >


    I do usually doctor up Prego but I'll try the Del Monte or Hunts next time.


  6. #6
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 02:09:39 GMT, notbob wrote:

    > On 2010-06-26, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    >> and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.

    >
    > As little as $.50 when on sale.
    >
    > I bought Golden Grain Marinara Sauce in a can for decades


    There's a brand name I haven't seen for a long time. I don't
    think they sell GG products in Texas. And when I look it up, the
    first page of hits is mostly about alcohol/ethanol and corn.

    I never knew there was a 190 proof drink called 'Golden Grain'.
    How could I possibly miss that?

    -sw

  7. #7
    notbob Guest

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    On 2010-06-26, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I never knew there was a 190 proof drink called 'Golden Grain'.
    > How could I possibly miss that?


    LOL....


    Apparently, Golden Grain Marinara Sauce, be it in a can or a jar, has
    joined an insanely long list of products that are no longer available.
    I find this strange, as GGMS has been around since the 60s and
    preceeded ....nay, pioneered!.... the whole concept/genre of pre-fab
    spaghetti sauces. I still considered it one of the best, being a
    killer sauce way back when early Ragu still tasted like tomato soaked
    rags. So sad.

    Here's a shocking list of dead products:

    http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthr...=902763&page=3
    (scroll down)


    nb

  8. #8
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.


    I totally agree for the most part, and they are very storable. :-)
    Granted, I do tend to spice them up a bit but they are decent on their
    own.

    The only ones I like better and Buitoni brand in the Deli case that
    never need any help... but they are at least 3 times the price too.
    More expensive than a few sprinklings of spices it takes to doctor the
    canned stuff.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. --Alex Levine

  9. #9
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    In article <DjdVn.1989$3%[email protected]>,
    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 2010-06-26, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.

    >
    > As little as $.50 when on sale.
    >
    > I bought Golden Grain Marinara Sauce in a can for decades. Was my
    > favorite. Still great, but now only see it in jars. I suspect they
    > changed to get equal snob status with Ragu, etc.
    >
    > nb


    Our local generic store brand marinara is really good too and well
    priced.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. --Alex Levine

  10. #10
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 03:01:29 GMT, notbob wrote:

    > Here's a shocking list of dead products:
    >
    > http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthr...=902763&page=3
    > (scroll down)


    Good resource. Here's the most recent list (that one was 4 years
    old).

    http://www.hometownfavorites.com/btwgb1.asp

    -sw

  11. #11
    dejablues Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.
    >
    > Somebody here mentioned these about a decade ago and I've been
    > buying them over most any other jarred sauces for 7.5 years. They
    > don't taste tinny at all now that they line the cans with .. oh I
    > probably don't want to know. And they're not sweet like the Ragu
    > and (even worse) Prego that are meant for children.
    >
    > The only exception to canned vs. jars that I've found are the
    > Mezetta's Napa Valley Bistro line of sauces, but they're not
    > cheap. I have a stash of $2/off coupons that don't expire which
    > makes them much more affordable.
    >
    > I rarely eat actual spaghetti, preferring to use the sauces on
    > ravioli, stuffed shells, in sausage peppers and onions, dips,
    > etc... The only thin spaghetti I do eat is aglio olio with red
    > pepper and shrimp.
    >
    > I just thought I'd renew this dated culinary recommendation. I
    > know some of you will want to reply that you only make your own
    > spaghetti sauce, starting with canned tomato sauce no doubt. But
    > you can doctor these up, too.
    >
    > Try em. You'll like em. That is, unless you actually *like* that
    > Ragu and Prego goop.
    >


    Hunts is pretty tasty and a very good value. Another pretty good , for the
    price, jarred spaghetti sauce is Reggano, the Aldi brand.



  12. #12
    Lew Hodgett Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    RE: Subject

    Compared to mine which starts with a 28 OZ can of diced tomatoes,
    NONE.

    Lew



  13. #13
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    In article <4c259062$0$13168$[email protected]>,
    "Lew Hodgett" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > RE: Subject
    >
    > Compared to mine which starts with a 28 OZ can of diced tomatoes,
    > NONE.
    >
    > Lew


    I use more tomato paste.

    Less salt.

    Blanching and peeling fresh tomatoes is too easy.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    *Only Irish *coffee provides in a single glass all four *essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar *and fat. --Alex Levine

  14. #14
    Giusi Guest

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    "notbob" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    newsjdVn.1989$3%[email protected]..
    > On 2010-06-26, Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    >> and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.

    >
    > As little as $.50 when on sale.
    >
    > I bought Golden Grain Marinara Sauce in a can for decades. Was my
    > favorite. Still great, but now only see it in jars. I suspect they
    > changed to get equal snob status with Ragu, etc.


    Are you kidding? Snob appeal for Ragu?



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    [email protected] Guest

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    On Jun 25, 9:27*pm, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > They come in cans, not jars. *Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.
    >
    > Somebody here mentioned these about a decade ago and I've been
    > buying them over most any other jarred sauces for 7.5 years. *They
    > don't taste tinny at all now that they line the cans with .. oh I
    > probably don't want to know. *And they're not sweet like the Ragu
    > and (even worse) Prego that are meant for children.
    >
    > The only exception to canned vs. jars that I've found are the
    > Mezetta's Napa Valley Bistro line of sauces, but they're not
    > cheap. *I have a stash of $2/off coupons that don't expire which
    > makes them much more affordable.
    >
    > I rarely eat actual spaghetti, preferring to use the sauces on
    > ravioli, stuffed shells, in sausage peppers and onions, dips,
    > etc... *The only thin spaghetti I do eat is aglio olio with red
    > pepper and shrimp.
    >
    > I just thought I'd renew this dated culinary recommendation. *I
    > know some of you will want to reply that you only make your own
    > spaghetti sauce, starting with canned tomato sauce no doubt. *But
    > you can doctor these up, too. *
    >
    > Try em. *You'll like em. *That is, unless you actually *like* that
    > Ragu and Prego goop.
    >
    > -sw


    I like the Prego brand. I say the more sugar the better.

  16. #16
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    On Fri 25 Jun 2010 06:27:55p, Sqwertz told us...

    >
    > They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.
    >


    I prefer Ragu "traditional", but it only serves as a base for my sauce.
    I always add herbs and spices, onion, garlic, ground beef, Italian
    sausage, and thin it down bit with red wine. I've never considered
    Ragu as particularly "sweet".

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


  17. #17
    George Guest

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    On 6/26/2010 2:52 AM, [email protected] wrote:
    > On Jun 25, 9:27 pm, Sqwertz<swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    >> They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    >> and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.
    >>
    >> Somebody here mentioned these about a decade ago and I've been
    >> buying them over most any other jarred sauces for 7.5 years. They
    >> don't taste tinny at all now that they line the cans with .. oh I
    >> probably don't want to know. And they're not sweet like the Ragu
    >> and (even worse) Prego that are meant for children.
    >>
    >> The only exception to canned vs. jars that I've found are the
    >> Mezetta's Napa Valley Bistro line of sauces, but they're not
    >> cheap. I have a stash of $2/off coupons that don't expire which
    >> makes them much more affordable.
    >>
    >> I rarely eat actual spaghetti, preferring to use the sauces on
    >> ravioli, stuffed shells, in sausage peppers and onions, dips,
    >> etc... The only thin spaghetti I do eat is aglio olio with red
    >> pepper and shrimp.
    >>
    >> I just thought I'd renew this dated culinary recommendation. I
    >> know some of you will want to reply that you only make your own
    >> spaghetti sauce, starting with canned tomato sauce no doubt. But
    >> you can doctor these up, too.
    >>
    >> Try em. You'll like em. That is, unless you actually *like* that
    >> Ragu and Prego goop.
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > I like the Prego brand. I say the more sugar the better.


    Absolutely and it eliminates storing a single tasker since it is a great
    industrial sauce *and* a dessert topping.

  18. #18
    Food SnobŪ Guest

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    On Jun 26, 1:31*am, "Giusi" <decob...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > "notbob" <not...@nothome.com> ha scritto nel messaggionewsjdVn.1989$3%3..[email protected]..
    >
    > > On 2010-06-26, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > >> They come in cans, not jars. *Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > >> and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.

    >
    > > As little as $.50 when on sale.

    >
    > > I bought Golden Grain Marinara Sauce in a can for decades. *Was my
    > > favorite. *Still great, but now only see it in jars. *I suspect they
    > > changed to get equal snob status with Ragu, etc.

    >
    > Are you kidding? *Snob appeal for Ragu?


    That's what I thought when I saw that, though I think that the Ragu
    Robusto varieties are worth paying slightly more for that Del Monte
    and Hunts. I don't use them if I'm making meatballs, but for a really
    quick dinner, some browned ground beef, a jar of Ragu and some
    capellini is a 15 minute operation. The previously mentioned Prego is
    so sweet that it tastes like tomato syrup. There's nothing
    particularly wrong with Del Monte and Hunts though.


    --Bryan

  19. #19
    brooklyn1 Guest

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    Sqwertz wrote:
    > They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific,
    > and they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.


    Those are crap. And price has nothing to do with it, ALL
    jarred/canned pasta sauces are crap.

    What's so difficult about seasoning a can of whole/crushed tomatoes???



  20. #20
    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: Best Commercial Spaghetti Sauces

    On Sat, 26 Jun 2010 07:57:11 -0400, brooklyn1 wrote:

    > Sqwertz wrote:
    >> They come in cans, not jars. Del Monte and Hunts, to be specific, and
    >> they only cost $.99 - $1.32 for a 24oz (26?) can.

    >
    > Those are crap. And price has nothing to do with it, ALL jarred/canned
    > pasta sauces are crap.
    >
    > What's so difficult about seasoning a can of whole/crushed tomatoes???


    If I don't have fresh tomatoes at hand I often do that too. Not familiar
    with the brands mentioned here, but I bought a jar of (local) pasta sauce
    - once. It tasted OK, but it wasn't great either, so I "doctored" it up
    myself. Not worth the added expense, IMO. I like crushed garlic and lotsa
    basil in mine - and I usually add a tsp of sugar - but YMMV.

    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy


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