Sunday, February 04, 2007

QUALITY Marinara Sauce Is Only A Click Away!

Marinara sauce. The perfect compliment to any pasta. Full of vine-ripened tomatoes, a handful of fresh herbs, garlic, and extra-virgin olive oil. You cant really go wrong with marinara. Its easy to store in the cupboard, goes with any pasta, and is always vegan (true marinara sauce doesn't have cheese, other styles do.)

But so many times I've gone to the store and picked up a jar of less-than-desirable marinara sauce. Shaw's. Bertolli. Escencia. Ragu. Prego. *sigh*. You get the point. They are all either too oily, too salty, too watery, too thick, or contain nasty colors, additives, or contain the new kid on the block, high fructose corn syrup (can't we just leave the corn to the Mexicans? Since when did corn grow alongside tomatoes in Italy? I didn't think so.)
So I'd like to inform you all of a GREAT marinara sauce that is PERFECT. It clings to any pasta, but doesn't cake. It's all natural, and is made with real fresh ingredients, and doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it. It's a bit salty, but not enough to make you pucker up in disgust.

It's called BOVE'S OF VERMONT. (click the link guys, it has ordering info and ingredients/nutritional info!) So yes, I'm also encouraging you to buy from my neck of the woods and support a great family company. The recipe originated from a restaurant in Burlington, Vermont (for those of you who don't know, B'ton is on Lake Champlain, which borders upstate New York.)

This marinara sauce is amazing! You must try it. There is also an organic version, which I have tried. The flavor is slightly different, but it is amazing. I can never decide which one to get, as they both are the best sauces I have ever tried!

If you live outside the area, it may be hard to find this brand (if in NE, try Shaw's Supermarkets with the WILD HARVEST section.) But if you live elsewhere, and have a credit card and 5 bucks to spare, I whole-heartedly suggest you click the links and order some by mail. Another good sauce (my #2 favorite after both the Bove's) is Victoria's Marinara. It is carried by all Shaw's Supermarkets, and has a unique flavor that deserves recognition.

So lets start the Sauce Revolution! Go up to your grocer and demand the quality sauces your spaghetti, penne, linguini, and cappellini deserve!

Here's a picture of my dinner tonight, Bove's Marinara with organic spaghetti:
(yes, it's a bit blurry but it's cause I was rushing it to my mouth 'cause its so darn good!)


Anonymous said...

I agree, marinara sauce does not need added sweetener to be delicious. But, not to be nit-picky, tomatoes are native to Mexico as well as corn, and didn't become widespread in Italian cuisine until the 1700s. ( Corn has plenty of good uses, it just has a bad tendency to get turned into nutritionless, industrial food additives.

vko said...

You can also make quick sauce with some tomato paste (get it in a tube and it keeps awhile in the refrigerator), canned crushed tomatoes or fresh plum tomatoes & basil leaves (you keep in the freezer)- salt & pepper and that's an easy fix too!

Sexy Vegan Chick said...

I'm all for the long-simmering sauce (my mom's homemade sauce is amazing)

I'm aware that tomatoes are from Mexico, but corn is rarely used in Italian food which my joke was hinting at :)

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