The 5 Rules To Using Jarred Pasta Sauce
When my Epi Test Kitchen colleague Anna Stockwell was whipping up batches and batches of Parmigiana—with anything from chicken to eggplant to veal and everything in between—the Epi staff was pleasantly delighted by how much we appreciated the sauce. Why? It was extracted from a jar. We are big supporters of anything that helps us save time on weeknight dinners, and jarred spaghetti sauce is absolutely one of those things for us. Consequently, similar to what we did with butter and peanut butter before, we decided to put several jars to the test in order to determine which sauce to use when a four-hour marinara just isn’t doable.
To get you started, I’ve compiled a list of 10 sauces to try, ranging from Rao’s, which is a staff favorite, to the cult classic Trader Joe’s brand, to the actually-classic Classico.
Most of them tasted flat right out of the jar, several tasted suspiciously artificial, and virtually all of them were disappointing.
However, this does not imply that we would eliminate canned sauce from our cupboard.
You only need to follow a few simple procedures before you can begin using it.
1. Heat It
You should never pour canned sauce directly onto spaghetti and call it a meal. Ensure that the spaghetti sauce is heated in a separate pot at the very least. Warming the sauce will bring out the flavors of the spices and stimulate the caramelization of the sugars as the scents are released. (After all, you want your meal to smell pleasant, don’t you?)
2. Flavor It
Even better, add some seasoning! Once the sauce is heated, taste it and adjust the flavor as needed. Perhaps a pinch of salt, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, or a clove or two of fresh garlic would be appropriate additions. You might also use dried or fresh herbs, such as oregano, basil, thyme, tarragon, and parsley, which are all delicious. Do you want to take it to the next level? Alternatively, some chopped anchovies (or anchovy salt), olives, or lemon zest and/or juice might be added. This combination of flavors adds layers of taste to the sauce and gives it either depth or brightness, depending on the component.
3. Cook It
Consider using the canned sauce in the same manner as you would a can of whole or crushed tomatoes if you really want to get inventive. Cook the garlic and onion until soft, then add the wine and allow it to deglaze the pan, releasing any (flavorful) pieces that have accumulated at the bottom. Taste after you’ve added the sauce. In order to truly concentrate that flavor, you can reduce the jarred sauce a bit—you can even let it dry out in the pan until it’s caramelized (and then thin it back out with pasta boiling water) to really concentrate it and give the sauce body.
Would you want to try it? If required, add a splash of vinegar or a teaspoon of sugar to help balance the flavor of the sauce. Finally, if you have any fresh herbs on hand, add them in for a finishing touch.
4. Enrich It
Do you want to change the sauce into a creamy, rich texture as soon as possible? Add a couple spoonfuls of heavy cream and mix well. Alternatively, you may use butter to complete the sauce, like in the popularMarcella Hazan technique. A few handfuls of grated Parmesan or another hard cheese might also be added to the boiling sauce while it’s still hot. Do you have any goat cheese on hand? Regular marinara is transformed into a creamy, tangy pasta sauce that goes well with any vegetables you happen to have on hand when you add some to it.
A generous sprinkle of extra-virgin olive oil, mixed in after the dish has been finished cooking, is also a good idea.
Sauté mushrooms or caramelize fennel in lots of olive oil to add some vegetable richness to your dish.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked meat or veggies with the canned sauce.
5. Bake It
The Epi staff’s preferred method of preparing jarred pasta sauce is to bake it, which allows the sugars to caramelize fully and the tastes to simmer down and deepen, as well as take on some of the flavor of the items with which the sauce is prepared. It may be used to make Parmigiana, Lasagna, Meatballs, Baked Ziti, or any other recipe that calls for a baked tomato sauce.
8 Ways to Elevate Canned Spaghetti Sauce
The Epi staff’s preferred method of preparing jarred pasta sauce is to bake it, which allows the sugars to caramelize fully and the tastes to simmer down and deepen, as well as to take on some of the flavor of the items with which the sauce is prepared. This sauce may be used for a variety of baked tomato-based dishes such as parmigiana, lasagna, meatballs, and baked ziti.
1 – Extra virgin olive oil
Making your sauce taste better will be made easier by using a generous amount of a delicious olive oil in the recipe. You may either add it to the pot at the beginning of the cooking process or sprinkle it on right before serving as a finishing oil. It’s entirely up to you!
2 – Fresh garlic
Yes, I am aware that the ingredients for your bottled spaghetti sauce include garlic. The flavor will be more distinct and intense if you use fresh garlic, and the sauce will taste more homemade if you do it as well as you can.
3 – Meat
I enjoy adding extra protein to bottled spaghetti sauce when I make it from scratch. It enhances the flavor and adds a textural aspect to the dish. Furthermore, it will assist you in keeping your stomach full for a longer period of time! You may use any meat you have on hand, such as ground beef, sausage, meatballs, chicken, or a combination of meats.
Begin by browning the beef in a skillet with the garlic until it is no longer pink. When the meat is just partly done, you may add the sauce and let it to continue cooking in the sauce, which will give additional flavor to the meat.
4 – Hot pepper flakes
Hot pepper flakes are another method to add a little additional spice to your dish. Yes, you could just buy hot Italian sausage for that extra burst of heat, but for those of us who are a little wary of spicy food, it’s good to be able to regulate the amount of heat we’re exposed to. Furthermore, some meats, such as ground beef, do not have a “hot” option. When you add the pepper flakes, it doesn’t really matter when you do it. All you have to do is keep in mind what it is you want spicy: the meat or the sauce?
And, no, I did not use all of the hot pepper flakes—just thinking about it makes me want to start sweating already!
5 – Red wine
Wine dramatically enhances the flavor of your sauce by adding another layer of complexity. Consider this to be similar to vanilla extract. Given the limited time available to cook out the alcohol, you want to use only a small amount, just enough to flavor the sauce without imparting too much of an alcohol flavor. Depending on how much sauce you’re preparing, a few of teaspoons should be plenty.
6 – Fresh or dried herbs
Again, herbs may be included among the components in your sauce, but adding fresh or even dried herbs can assist to enhance the tastes. If you are using dried herbs, you may add them at any point throughout the cooking process. Using fresh herbs, you may wish to add them at the end or as a garnish to ensure that the fresh flavor is not lost in the cooking process.
7 – Cheese
Cheese, cheese, cheese. It may be used to conceal a variety of sins, including monotonous spaghetti sauces. If you don’t have Parmesan on hand, you can easily use cheddar, Colby, mozzarella, or whatever else you have on hand instead. I really prefer to use a blend of cheeses, such as mozzarella, that are more melty and a cheese that has more bite, such as Parmesan, in my dishes.
8 – Cream and/or butter
A buddy of mine taught me how to make a tomato sauce with cream for the first time. A red sauce had been prepared, and towards the end, after plating the pasta and sauce, he drizzled heavy cream on top of the dish. While I was watching, I was little terrified that the acidity of the tomatoes might cause the cream to split. However, after tasting the concoction, I was persuaded otherwise. It was just great. As an added richness, I like to sprinkle a small amount of cream on top of my spaghetti sauce before serving.
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How to Make Jarred Tomato Sauce Taste Homemade
Catherine De Orio, a friend of ours, is a chef, national culinary expert, and host of a cooking program. Aren’t we fortunate? When it comes to cooking hints and suggestions, she’s a fantastic resource to have on hand. She shares a few semi-homemade secrets with us in this section. Find out how to make jarred spaghetti sauce taste even better (almost if you prepared it from yourself) by continuing reading. Tomato sauce is one of my favorite foods. The fragrance of tomato sauce, referred to as “gravy” in my family, simmering all day on a Sunday burner brings back happy memories of time spent at home with my family and friends.
Here are ten steps to transforming a jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce into something more like home.
Step 1: Build A Flavorful Foundation
Everything tastes better when the garlic and onions are sautéed together. Finely chopped onions and garlic are sautéed in olive oil until aromatic and golden, then the sauce is added and let to simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
Step 2: Spice It Up
Crushed red pepper can be added to the sauce to give it a little heat.
Step 3: Go Green
Simmer the fresh herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, bay leaf) for a few minutes until they release their flavorful punch into the dish.
Step 4: Veg Out
Because many prepared sauces contain sugar, I prefer savory veggies such as mushrooms rather than sweet vegetables such as carrots. Make careful to brown the vegetables a little before adding them to the sauce to bring out their natural flavors.
Step 5: Thicken It Up
With a spoonful of Hunt’s tomato paste, you can thicken the sauce a little bit while also adding depth and richness to it.
Step 6: Add Body With Pasta Water
If you’re serving the sauce over pasta, save a small amount of the salty, starchy water (approximately 1/4 cup) aside; it will give the sauce body and help it cover the pasta better.
Step 7: More Cheese, Please
While the sauce is boiling, crumble in the rind of a piece of Parmesan cheese to give it a nutty, salty flavor that will complement the dish. Grated parmesan or pecorino cheese over the meal just before serving is a nice finishing touch. Do you want something a little heartier? Add a couple of tablespoons of ricotta cheese to make a rich and creamy tomato sauce by spooning it in.
Step 8: Carnivore Cravings
Using your preferred ground meat—I enjoy a combination of beef, veal, and pork—make your sandwich. You may also use lamb or neck bones if you choose. Brown the beef and drain off any extra fat before adding it to the sauce and allowing it to simmer. While it is simmering, skim off any fat that has risen to the surface.
Step 9: Wine About It
Take your favorite wine (I like to use a Sangiovese) and deglaze the pan after sautéing meat or vegetables so that all of the delicious brown pieces, known as fond, may be incorporated into your sauce and served over pasta or rice. Pour yourself a drink of wine while you’re doing it, because I always find cooking to be more soothing when I have a bottle of wine in hand!
Step 10: Simmer Down Now
It’s true what they say about not having to cook sauce all day, but it should simmer for a few minutes at the very least.
You can, however, reduce the amount of time required. After a nice 20- to 30-minute simmer, you’ll have a lot richer, more delicious sauce to show for it.
Catherine De Orio is a television personality, chef, and national culinary expert who specializes in fine dining.
16 Ways to Gussy Up Store-Bought Spaghetti Sauce
My objective for most weekday dinners is to lessen the amount of time that elapses between the time I walk into my apartment and the time I eat pasta. It goes without saying that the ultimate achievement would be to walk through the door while eating pasta (or, if angels have come, to arrive home to a table already laden with macaroni and cheese). Instead, I normally make sauce from scratch in 30-ish minutes, which takes me around 30 minutes total: Boiling water while changing clothes; cooking noodles while sautéing greens with fresh garlic; adding pasta to greens with a splash of cooking liquid and ample quantities of pecorino, olive oil, and fresh herbs; dumping onto a serving dish By using the microwave and the glass jars of marinara sauce that we usually had on hand, my parents, on the other hand, were able to cut down on the time it took from door to pasta.
- Cook the pasta and microwave the sauce, then combine the two ingredients and silence your eager crew of youngsters.
- It is also quicker than simmering down canned tomatoes, which, despite the warnings, I don’t always keep on hand in my cupboard.
- Some jars of tomato sauce are far superior to others in terms of taste and texture.
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The bare-bones, do-this-one-thing approach:
1.Bring it to a simmer on the stovetop or in the oven. You may concentrate the taste of your sauce by cooking it down until part of the water has evaporated, leaving you with a sauce that is thicker and more tomato-flavored. Allow your sauce to simmer on the stovetop for at least 10 to 20 minutes while your pot of soup is heating up and your noodles are cooking. Alternatively, pour the sauce into a Dutch oven or baking dish and bake it at 300° F for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Yes, this will add a few more minutes to your cooking time, but you’ll need to heat up the sauce before mixing it with your pasta anyhow.
If you really want to go above and beyond (or if you’re an Instant Pot fanatic), try it this way.
Let’s assume you don’t have time to boil your sauce (or you’ve reduced it but it’s still missing flavor), you may add a dollop or two of tomato paste, which is a paste made from tomato paste.
Only the most concentrated tomatoes in the planet! Bonus points if you can extract the maximum amount of flavor from your tomato paste by sautéing it in hot olive oil before incorporating it into the sauce. If you add some red pepper flakes to the oil as well, you’ll get extra bonus points.
For extra credit, take on any—or all—of the following:
3.Explore your spice drawer and condiment cubby: If your sauce is lacking in depth and complexity, open your pantry or refrigerator and begin experimenting with different spices. Depending on your preferences, you can go for spicy (Sriracha, gochujang (Korean chili paste) or smoky (smoked paprika, diced chipotles in adobo) or fruity (roasted red peppers, Calabrian chiles) and then mix and match until you reach your desired flavor profile. It’s important to taste frequently to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the flavors.
- An often-discarded cheese rind can make a pot of humble beans more salty and savory, and it can also enliven a stale tomato sauce by adding salt and savory flavors.
- 5.While we’re on the subject of a saltyje ne sais quoi, how about an anchovy?
- Add a few smashed garlic cloves if you have them, then pour in your tomato sauce and bring everything to a simmer.
- 6.Make use of the nutritional benefits of sautéed veggies.
- I usually stick to the bare essentials of onion and garlic, but mirepoix or a few handfuls of sliced mushrooms also make for tasty accompaniments.
- 7.Embrace the flavor of the garlic.Most store-bought sauces contain at least some garlic, but the flavor is often muted by the time it reaches your table.
- If you want a richer, sweeter flavor, mash a few roasted garlic cloves and stir them into the sauce while it’s simmering to give it a richer, sweeter flavor.
Try apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, capers, chopped olives, or lemon juice as a base for your marinade or dressing.
In order to maintain as much bright freshness as possible, stir in the dressing at the end of the cooking process.
A pinch or two of sugar can be used to balance an acidic sauce (it helps the medicine to dissolve!).
Continue to cook the sauce while adding granulated sugar a pinch or two, stirring and tasting after each addition, until the sauce has reached your desired sweetness.
10.Brighten with a splash of brine.
Toss in some chopped orwhole, pitted olivesand/or a handful of drained capers after heating the sauce for several minutes.
To remedy the situation, add freshly torn basil at the end of heating up your sauce so that its fragrance perfumes the whole pot.
To make your sauce rich and luxurious, finish it with a pat of butter, a splash of cream or coconut cream, or a spoonful of yogurt, crème fraîche, or sour cream.
14.Cheese it up.
A generous sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese makes any plate of pasta look all dressed up, while adding a welcome kick of umami.
Add some savory protein and texture to your sauce by introducing red meat into the mix.
Brown, break up, and drain the meat before adding the tomato sauce and simmering while the pasta cooks.
You won’t want to add a bucketload of water to the bowl, but a generous splash of that starchy water will help the sauce adhere to the noodles (butyou knew that already) (butyou knew that already). How do you dress up your store-bought sauce? Let us know in the comments.
How to Make Jar Pasta Sauce Better
It would be wonderful if we could make a fresh pot of spaghetti sauce every time we cooked noodles, but for most of us — especially busy parents — that is just not the case. When you’re looking for a quick and simple weeknight meal, it’s typically quicker to grab a jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce. Using jarred pasta sauce can give the impression of making your own from scratch. In reality, there are a variety of kitchen techniques that can be used to make jarred spaghetti sauce taste just as excellent as your grandmother’s homemade version.
We’ll cover all you need to know about improving canned pasta sauce in this article.
7 Ways to Improve the Taste of Jar Pasta Sauce
For further information on how to improve the flavor of that jar of spaghetti sauce lying in your cabinet, consider the following seven suggestions:
1. Sautee Some Veggies
Start by sauteeing some garlic in olive oil on your stovetop before adding it to your container of spaghetti sauce. Even though garlic is listed as an ingredient in the majority of store-bought pasta sauces, adding fresh garlic will enhance the flavor and make it more distinct and robust. Overall, the sauce has a more handmade flavor as a result of this. Add some additional veggies to the pan with the garlic, such as sliced onions, chopped peppers, and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are tender.
In addition to providing an additional source of nutrients, adding fresh vegetables will result in a sauce that is hearty, tasty, and has a handmade taste.
2. Mix in Some Meat
After you’ve finished cooking your vegetables, you may use the same pan to brown some ground beef to add to your sauce at a later time. The addition of meat to your canned pasta sauce will do wonders for the flavor and quality of the sauce. The flavor of your sauce will be enhanced by browning and adding some sausage, turkey, chicken, or ground beef. This will also add more texture to your sauce, give it a heartier flavor, and improve the protein content. To obtain that authentic Italian flavor in your canned pasta sauce, Italian sausage is one of the best meats to use.
As an added plus, including some protein-dense sausage into your spaghetti sauce helps keep your family feeling fuller for extended periods of time.
3. Add a Splash of Red Wine
Pour a small amount of red wine into the pan if you truly want to make restaurant-quality pasta sauce. With the addition of wine, the tastes of the sauce are elevated to a new level of complexity, giving jarred pasta sauce a depth that it would otherwise be lacking. For the same reason that you won’t have enough time to completely cook out the alcohol, you’ll want to use only a small amount of red wine in your sauce to enhance its flavor without imparting too much of an alcohol flavor — similar to baking with vanilla extract — to avoid a strong aftertaste of alcohol.
Then, using a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any pieces of veggies or meat that have adhered to the bottom.
This is referred to as the deglazing of the pan technique in cooking. Culinary with the use of this stove tip will allow you to include tastes into your sauce that would otherwise have been burned onto the cooking surface.
4. Spice It Up
To make your canned spaghetti sauce taste like it came directly from the garden, use fresh herbs in addition to dried herbs. Even while the pre-made sauce may already contain certain herbs, adding your own will assist to improve the tastes of the dish overall. Adding strips of basil, a sprig of thyme, or a sprig of oregano to your sauce may elevate it to a whole new level. Although fresh herbs and spices have a stronger flavor, dried herbs and spices can be just as effective. Adding some red pepper flakes, a touch of parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper to your bottled pasta sauce might help it stand out from the crowd.
If you really want to make your spaghetti sauce stand out, try using a stronger ingredient such as olives, lemon zest, or capers.
Along with these seasonings, you may add a little amount of tomato paste to the sauce to enhance the tomato taste and thicken it if it appears to be too liquid.
5. Get Cheesy
When it comes to cooking pasta, there are no restrictions on the amount of cheese that may be used. Incorporating cheese into your sauce might help to make the flavors of your sauce more complex. You may use a variety of cheeses in your sauces and pasta dishes, ranging from mozzarella to Parmesan, depending on what you’re creating and what you like. A softer cheese may improve the texture of your spaghetti by making it more pliable. By way of example, topping the dish with a dollop of ricotta before serving it may give the sauce a pleasantly creamy texture.
6. Stir in More Dairy
Adding a small amount of heavy cream or milk just before serving your sauce may transform it into something creamy and luxurious. By making your sauce more silky and smooth, you’ll be improving its ability to hold on to the spaghetti as well as adhere to the pasta. Instead of using cheese, if you don’t have any on hand, drizzle a generous amount of olive oil over the sauce after it has been removed from the pan to help the flavors mix and cover the noodles more evenly. A pat of butter whisked into your spaghetti sauce just before you take it from the heat will give your dish a professional chef touch.
7. Pop It in the Oven
Using canned spaghetti sauce in a baked pasta dish is a recipe that will never go wrong.
Pre-made pasta sauce bakes in the oven as the sugars caramelize as they cook down and deepen as they absorb flavors from other components in the dish as it bakes in the oven. Jarred pasta sauce is an excellent choice for baked pasta meals such as lasagna, meatballs, and baked ziti, among others.
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Doctored up Spaghetti Sauce (from a jar)
It has been doctored up I prepare spaghetti sauce virtually every single week, and it’s one of my favorite dishes. Beginning with a regular jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce, this method transforms it into a robust meat sauce that can be used in a variety of different meals. Everyone can agree that a red sauce usually tastes better after it has been allowed to sit for a number of days. Using a jar of sauce just adds to the flavor of the meat sauce, which has been simmering all day.
How to doctor up a jar of spaghetti sauce:
It all starts with the addition of vegetables and ground meat. The flavors of onion, bell pepper, and garlic are fantastic! This vegetable combination is the foundation of many of my meals, and for good reason! I put the veggies in the pan with the meat at the same time and cook everything together until it’s done. It enhances the taste of the meat while also saving time. We often use ground beef, but you may substitute any of the other ingredients listed below.
What other kind of meat can you add to spaghetti sauce?
- Ground beef, ground turkey, Italian sausage (I would only advocate using this for half of your meat), and venison are all good options.
Once the meat and vegetables have been seasoned and cooked, you may add the jar of your favorite sauce, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and any other ingredients you like. The sauce is then cooked for 20 minutes, after which you may add a handful of parmesan cheese for even more delectable flavor.
Recipes using spaghetti sauce:
- Cheesy Lasagna, Italian Pasta Bake, Stuffed Shells with Spinach, and more dishes are available.
Our favorite way to consume this pork sauce is over a simple spaghetti dish like this one! Simply cook your pasta, combine it with the sauce, then top it with more parmesan cheese to make it delicious! It is not uncommon for us to prepare a double batch of this doctored up spaghetti sauce and keep it in the freezer for a quick weekday supper. Simply defrost in the refrigerator before re-heating over a low heat in a saucepan.
Doctored up Spaghetti Sauce (from a jar)
Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes Course:dinner American and Italian cuisines are available. Servings:6people
- 2tablespoonsolive oil
- 2poundsground beef(or a mixture of beef and turkey)
- 1small yellow onion(diced)
- 1small green bell pepper(diced)
- 4garlic cloves(minced)
- 1teaspoongarlic powder
- 1teaspoonitalian seasoning
- 24ouncejar of store-bought pasta sauce
- 14.5ouncecan of petite diced tomatoesdrained
- Prepare the vegetables by chopping the onion and pepper, as well as mincing the garlic cloves, before starting. Heat a pan over medium heat and add the olive oil, ground beef, vegetables, and 1 teaspoon of salt
- Cook, stirring, until the ground meat is browned. To finish, cook until the meat is completely browned and the vegetables are tender. (Approximately 7-10 minutes)
- Remove the meat/vegetable combination from the pan and place it back in the pan with the fat
- Add in the spaghetti sauce, drained diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and another 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning
- Stir well to combine
- Serve immediately. Stir everything together, cover, and cook on low heat for 20 minutes After 20 minutes, throw in the parmesan cheese and mix well. Stir until the chocolate is melted
- Serve over spaghetti or chill and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
13 Tips To Make Jarred Pasta Sauce Taste Homemade
How would you want to make that jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce taste more like the genuine thing? Here are some simple techniques for infusing handmade flavor into canned spaghetti sauce. In addition, I’ll share a simple recipe for transforming plain-Jane commercial marinara and spaghetti sauce into a chunky, meaty, spicy, irresistible sauce that’s perfect over your favorite linguini, tossed in your next penne bake, or spooned over roasted spaghetti squash (or any other squash you like).
It is common for me to keep a jar or two of plain marinara sauce on hand for quick and easy dinners, but that does not mean I use the pasta sauce straight out of the jar every time.
No way in hell. Here are some basic techniques and a couple of entertaining tactics for making your store-bought spaghetti sauce taste more like homemade.
1. Choose simple jarred pasta sauce
Buy simple marinara sauce to start with– preferably one that does not contain any sugar or corn syrup– and follow the recipe from there. The store-brandstend has shown to be the most effective for me. They often have the fewest ingredients and have the nicest taste. Also, avoid sauces that contain extra vegetables or are enhanced with cheese, as well as creamy sauces and wine-infused sauces. They don’t have the handmade flavor you’re looking for, yet it’s simple to achieve with a few ingredients from your refrigerator and pantry.
2. Choose the right pan
To doctor the pasta sauce into the pan, use a 10′′-12′′ skillet with 2′′ to 3′′ high edges and a tight-fitting cover. If you try to accomplish this in a 2-3 quart saucepan, it will take an eternity since saucepans are narrow and tall, rather than broad and shallow, and as a result, you will spend an excessive amount of time stirring and boiling down the vegetables, meat, and other components. I prefer to cook in a large skillet, especially while cooking mushrooms, since it allows them to brown without being crowded.
3. Load up on veggies
Fresh vegetables will breathe fresh life into your premade spaghetti sauce, but they must first be sautéed before being added to the sauce. Don’t put raw veggies immediately into the sauce; they’ll either be crunchy or will take an hour to soften depending on how long they’ve been cooking. Cook chopped veggies in a few tablespoons of olive oil, or some rendered fat from sausage or ground beef, until they’re soft and aromatic, about 10 minutes. This gives the spaghetti sauce a chunky handmade taste when combined with it.
Great veggie additions:
For those who like a rich meaty sauce, they can choose for a classic hamburger or experiment with some delectable alternatives. Cook your protein of choice in a skillet until it is browned, then transfer to a large mixing bowl. If there is any fat remaining in the skillet, drain it all except for about 1 tablespoon (which will be used to sauté the vegetables). You will not need as much if you are substituting pancetta, pepperoni, or salami for the bacon. If you’re making a 24-ounce jar of spaghetti sauce, one-half to three-quarter cup should be plenty.
- Ground beef, Italian sausage, ground pork, and leftover chicken are all good options.
- Ground turkey, ground chicken, pulled pork, ground bison
- All of these are options.
5. Raid the pantry
You’d be amazed at how nicely antipasto dishes pair with a classic pasta sauce like Alfredo. With the addition of olives, artichokes, and sweet roasted peppers, tinned tomato sauce will take on a whole new flavor profile. There’s no need to heat canned vegetables; simply drain them thoroughly and chop them finely (if necessary) to create a chunky pasta sauce that’s bursting with Italian flavors.
6. The spice jar
Incorporating dried herbs and spices into pre-made marinara can significantly improve its flavor and/or entirely modify the sauce’s appearance. Yes, the typical herbs such as basil, oregano, marjoram, and bay leaf are OK. However, a dash of cayenne pepper or some crushed red pepper flakes will give this dish a fiery, tempting kick. Also, try chopping up entire fennel seed to bring forth a subtle anise taste that is characteristic of Italy. Sauté the veggies with the spices for a few minutes, until the fragrances begin to fill the room.
It just takes a minute for the garlic to get aromatic, and if the chopped garlic is introduced too soon after the vegetables, it will burn.
7. The wino and I know…
Sauces made from jars benefit from a few sips of wine (red or white) or other types of alcohol to enhance their flavor. When it comes to wine, choose a brand that you enjoy drinking. It does not have to be an expensive bottle of wine; just a quality table wine would suffice. To make the sauce, use around 1/3 to 1/2 cup. Pro Tip: I pour the wine right into the pasta sauce container, screw on the top, then shake it up to mix everything together. The wine will loosen any remaining marinara sauce in the jar, allowing you to pour it directly into the spaghetti sauce together with the wine at the same time, saving you time.
8. Moo-ve over
Simple canned spaghetti sauce may be converted into a rich, creamy, and luxurious sauce by adding. you guessed it. cream. Cream. To thicken a store-bought marinara, whisk in heavy whipping cream (or normal) and cook at a moderate boil until the sauce has thickened. When heated, heavy whipping cream is sufficiently stable to ensure that it does not degrade. In comparison to whole milk, half and half has a lower fat level and is less rough; if you want to use half and half, wait until you’ve removed the sauce from the heat before whisking it in.
9. Let’s talk cheese
If you have a leftover rind of parmesan, pecorino romano, or other end-piece remains of hard Italian cheese, you may add them into your sauce to simmer while the rest of the ingredients cook (just be sure to fish it out before serving). Any pasta sauce that includes the rind will have a deeper umami flavor (or soup). Of course, you may always top your spaghetti with more cheese if you like. Consider using grated parmesan and pecorino cheese instead of the more traditional technique and topping your doctored-up spaghetti sauce with pieces of fresh mozzarella or a scoop of ricotta for an authentic flavor of home.
10. Fresh herbs
Adding fresh herbs to the sauce while it is simmering, or after it has finished cooking, increases the freshness aspect. Fresh thyme, basil, or parsley are excellent herbs to use when cooking. When using fresh oregano, be sure to use a little quantity (1/2 -1 teaspoon) because fresh oregano may be overwhelming. Although rosemary is a touch too aromatic and piney for tomato sauce, if you like it, add it sparingly in your recipe. Garnish your homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh basil, parsley, or a combination of the two.
11. Give it a little time
As soon as you’ve created your sauce, turn the heat down to medium low and allow it to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. While cooking, stir the pot regularly, but keep it covered to prevent the contents from burning. That small amount of simmering time will undoubtedly improve your spaghetti sauce and bring out the taste of the chunky handmade ingredients.
12. Sea food? Eat it!
In the mood for seafood? It’s simple to make a store-bought spaghetti sauce more fish-friendly by substituting fresh seafood for the beef. Using your preferred vegetables, spices, and wine, make a canned pasta sauce and then top it with your favorite ingredients (in the shell for clams and mussels, or peeled shrimp). Stir occasionally for 10-12 minutes after covering with the lid. The shells will pop open, and you’ll have a delicious and simple Fruits de Mer on your hands. Canned sardines are my go-to ingredient for infusing marine flavor into any premade pasta sauce recipe.
They disintegrate in the sauce and leave a clean, saline taste that is not overbearing in the least bit. Give it a go. If you’re making a seafood pasta, you may exclude the dairy, cheese, and meat altogether. Add half a cup of clam juice to the mix to give it a more seafood taste (or evenClamato).
Great seafood and shellfish options:
- Clams (fresh or frozen)
- Shrimp (fresh or frozen)
- Bay scallops
- Canned sardines
- Mussels (fresh or canned)
- Clams (canned or fresh)
- Langostinos (fresh or frozen)
- Calamari, lobster tails, fresh or frozen crawfish tails (shelled), and other seafood are available.
13. Pasta water
If your sauce becomes too thick, use this restaurant tip and add roughly 1/2 ladle of pasta cooking water at a time until it thins down again. (In this case, the water in which the spaghetti is being cooked.) Not only will the water thin out the sauce, but the starch from the noodles will also give the sauce a little body and thickness. Grab a jar of marinara the next time you find yourself wondering, “What should I make for dinner?” then go through your refrigerator and pantry for ideas. It’s right there, and you can do it yourself.
What to serve with doctored up pasta sauce:
- Crispy Belgian Endive and Walnut Salad
- Crusty French Bread with Boursin Cheese
- Cheddar Chive Popovers
- Simple Green Leaf Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette Drop Biscuits made with only three ingredients
Cheater’s Spicy Turkey MushroomWine Pasta Sauce
The following is a classic method of enhancing a basic jar of marinara for pasta night. It’s thick, rich, and meaty, and it’s packed with easily recognizable vegetables. It goes well with pasta, zoodles, spaghetti squash, and other similar dishes. Course Course I: The Main Course Cuisines include American and Italian. Spaghetti sauce made by cheaters, spaghetti sauce made by cheaters Preparation time: 15 minutes Preparation time: 20 minutes Time allotted: 35 minutes Servings4
FOR DOCTORED MARINARA SAUCE:
- 2tablespoonssolive oil divided
- 1poundhot italian turkey sausage removed from casings
- 1/2bell pepperchopped
- 1 carrotpeeled and diced
- 1-2large cloves garlicminced
- 1/2taspoondried basil
- 1/2taspoondried oregano
- 1/4taspooncrushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2cupred wine
- 1/2cup Optional: garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or basil
- Optional: parmesan rind
- In a skillet, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Break up the turkey sausage with the back of a spoon or fork once it has been added. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the vegetables are largely cooked. Transfer the meat to a large mixing basin and set it away for later
- Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil to the skillet and turn it back on to medium heat. Cook the mushrooms in a single layer, tossing them periodically, until they have reduced by approximately half and have browned, about 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the onion, bell pepper, and carrots with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the garlic, crushed fennel seed, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes until everything is evenly distributed. Allow the garlic and herbs to cook for one minute, or until they are aromatic. Return the turkey to the stove and whisk in the marinara sauce and wine until well combined. You can boil the sauce with the rind of one or more parmesan cheeses if you have any leftover
- However, you must take the rind out before serving. Cover with a cover, decrease the heat to medium, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring periodically, until the vegetables are tender. If the sauce begins to burn or becomes too thick, you may thin it out by adding a little more wine (approximately 1/4 cup) or half a ladle of pasta water.
345 calories|23 grams of carbohydrates|22 grams of protein|18 grams of fat|5 grams of saturated fat|60 milligrams of cholesterol|1963 milligrams of sodium|1125 milligrams of potassium|6 grams of fiber|15 grams of sugar|3950 international units (IU) of vitamin A|70 milligrams of vitamin C|67 milligrams of calcium|13 milligrams of iron
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The original recipe yields a total of 20 servings. The ingredient list has been updated to match the number of servings stated.
- Melt the butter and olive oil in a small pan over medium-high heat until the butter is melted. Cook and toss the mushrooms in the butter mixture for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are tender. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms are extremely black and shriveled in size, adding 1/4 cup red wine as needed to keep the liquid from boiling away. Advertisement: Place a large saucepan over medium heat and cook until boiling. Using a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef with the onion, diced tomatoes, red pepper, green pepper, and garlic until the meat is thoroughly browned, about 10 minutes
- Season with oregano, basil, and rosemary. Add 3/4 cup red wine and the tomato paste to the meat mixture and stir well. Pour the spaghetti sauce into the saucepan and toss it around. Bring the mixture back to a simmer and cook until the flavors have melded, 10 to 30 minutes.
Per serving: 122 calories; 5.7 grams of protein; 10.2 grams of carbs; 5.7 grams of fat; 17.6 milligrams of cholesterol; 251 milligrams of sodium Nutrition in its entirety
10 Easy Tricks to Make Store-Bought Pasta Sauce Taste Homemade
There’s nothing better than fresh, handmade tomato sauce, but in order for the flavors to properly emerge, the sauce should be simmered for several hours. And while it is very worthwhile to do so if you have the time, it is not always possible on some evenings. That is where the pre-made items come into play. Jarred pasta sauce isn’t the same as fresh pasta sauce, but it’s a cinch to spice up when you’re in a hurry and need something delicious. Here are 10 tips for making store-bought spaghetti or marinara sauce taste like you cooked it yourself if you don’t want anybody to find out about your “secret recipe.”
1. Start with Sautéed Vegetables
Prepare the veggies by chopping them up and sautéing them in a little oil before adding the sauce. Onions, peppers, carrots, and garlic are all fantastic additions, but you may use any vegetables you choose. The idea is to include some sort of fresh vegetable to give it the appearance and flavor like a freshly produced homemade sauce.
2. Add Some Meat
Grease a skillet with ground beef, turkey, or sausage to add gobs of flavor to your sauce while also making it heartier and more substantial. However, make sure to drain it well before adding the remaining ingredients because you do not want any excess oil in your sauce.
3. Spice It Up
A few herbs and spices may make a significant difference in the flavor of a pre-made sauce. If you enjoy a little spice, you may add a teaspoon or two of thyme, oregano, basil, or even a little sprinkle of red pepper flakes to the dish.
It’s important to realize that some of these components may already be present in your sauce, so don’t go crazy with them. If the sauce appears to be too liquid, thicken it with a few teaspoons of tomato paste to give it a richer tomato flavor while also thickening it.
4. Deglaze Your Pan
Cooking vegetables or meat in a pan before adding the sauce will allow any portions that have adhered to the bottom of the pan to come to the surface and be released more easily. This is referred to as deglazing, and it aids in the incorporation of all the ingredients into your sauce that would otherwise be burned on the surface of the cooking pan.
5. Add a Spoonful of Sugar
Although it may seem unusual, a small amount of sugar may help bring the flavors of a tomato sauce together. It helps to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes while also enhancing their natural sweetness. If your sauce is already acidic, a teaspoon to a tablespoon of vinegar should be plenty, and you may not need any at all. It’s all a question of personal choice.
6. Let It Simmer
Allow your sauce to boil for a few minutes if you have the luxury of time. Even if it’s only for 20 minutes, it will assist to concentrate the flavors and thicken the sauce significantly.
7. Throw in a Handful of Greens
By concealing greens in your spaghetti sauce, you may obtain an additional serving of veggies. Just before serving, add a handful of spinach, chopped kale, or basil strips to make a healthier, heartier sauce by stirring them in just before serving.
8. Save Some Pasta Water
Save some of the cooking water from your pasta and add it to your tomato sauce a few tablespoons at a time after it’s completed cooking, as needed. The starchiness of the pasta water aids in the binding of the ingredients and the improvement of the texture.
9. Add a Little Dairy
Just before serving, whisk in roughly a half-cup of heavy cream or milk to make the sauce creamy and rich in texture. My personal preference is to use a scoop of ricotta cheese, but you can also use cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, or crème fraîche if you like. It imparts silkiness to the texture and improves the coating of the pasta. If you have any parmesan rind leftover, you may put it in as well while the dish is cooking to add richness to the flavor.
10. Finish with Butter
When the sauce has been cooked through and you’re ready to remove it from the heat, add a pat of butter and whisk well. It may appear unusual, but it is a tactic that expert cooks employ in a variety of sauces. A tablespoon or two increases the flavor depth and smoothness of the texture, while also helping to reduce the acidity of the dish. Are there any ways you use to jazz up canned spaghetti sauce that you would want to share? Please share your thoughts in the comments section. Do you want to learn how to use Microsoft Excel and improve your chances of landing a job working from home?
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How to improve jarred tomato sauce: 7 easy ideas for homemade flavor
Let us raise a glass to bottled tomato sauce! Having this pantry staple has helped my family get through restrictions and empty food aisles as we prepare to enter quarantine. In addition, while most jarred tomato sauces aren’t recognized for having nuanced flavor profiles, I’ve discovered that there are a few simple techniques to enhance jarred marinara sauce and make it a whole lot more tasty. Be advised, however, that I have omitted traditional steps like as browning ground beef and turkey, or chopping up bacon and pancetta to serve as a garnish for the sake of simplicity and convenience.
Even so, I still recommend that you start with the best canned tomato you can find because superior ingredients usually result in a more flavorful dish.
If you can master even one or two of these techniques, you will be able to save a significant amount of money on gourmet sauces while still having your spaghetti, lasagna, or even handmade pizzas taste fresh and delectable.
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1. Sauté some garlic.
Although your container of tomato sauce most likely already has some garlic (please, please, please include some garlic! ), chopping up a fresh clove at home makes a huge difference in the flavor. In addition, you will be able to savor the scent as it gets delicious and golden brown. Heat a splash of olive oil in a skillet and add some minced garlic before adding your canned tomato sauce and bringing it to a simmer. You may also include some onions if you’d like, but keep in mind that not every child like onions.
Remember that all meals are only as wonderful as the ingredients that are used to prepare them, and you will undoubtedly notice the difference when you eat them.
2. Add red pepper flakes (if your kids tolerate spice!)
It’s one of my pet peeves with canned tomato sauce because many brands have a lot of added sugar. However, if this is all you have, it’s perfectly OK. Adding a pinch of ground red pepper might help to bring the flavors together. Even a bit of pepper flakes can help to improve taste without adding too much heat. (I know, I know.my kids don’t like spicy dishes, either.)
3. Toss in some fresh veggies.
Some of the greatest canned tomato sauces already include vegetables; however, if you only have a basic marinara on hand, I highly recommend adding your own fresh vegetables to your sauce to boost the nutritional value and flavor of your sauce even more. Moreover, as a lady who just ordered curbside doughnuts for breakfast (courtesy of coronaliving), I am well aware that I might benefit from a little more vegetables in my diet. So take advantage of this chance to add some sliced mushrooms, chopped green peppers (which you can add soon after you sauté your garlic), or spinach (add in at the very end and stir until wilted).
Just avoid cooking vegetables that naturally sweeten as they cook, such as carrots, because canned sauces are already sweet enough.
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4. Clip some fresh basil…or dried herbs work too.
In addition to fresh basil from your garden or window-sill herb pot, you may use a sprig of basil from your herb pot to add to the sauce while it is simmering. Remove the parmesan rind before serving, just like you would with the parmesan rind. If you’re restricted to the dried herbs on your spice rack, don’t be concerned! It’s likely that you already have many possibilities, such as oregano (a marinara mainstay! ), tarragon, thyme, or dried basil flakes. Added bonus: if you have any extra fresh basil, julienne some and put it on top of each dish just before serving.
5. Add a parmesan rind while simmering the sauce.
Isn’t it time you put that parmesan heel in the recycling bin?
Keep it safe! While the sauce is simmering, you may add it to the pan to give it a little umami flavor. It transforms canned tomato sauce into something very delicious and fresh! Just keep in mind to fish it out before you serve it.
6. Add in a little cream or butter.
We are all aware that fats are essential to the culinary world. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch Samin Nosrat’s “Fat” episode ofSalt, Fat, Acid, Heaton Netflix, and watch as she sheds tears of delight after tasting parmesan.) Sam, I’ve been there! . So, once you’ve taken the pot off the heat, add a bit more to your sauce in the shape of nice, unsalted butter, milk, or cream, depending on your preference. It will add a richness to your tomato sauce that will make it taste nothing like it came out of a jar, promise.
7. Splash in a bit of red wine.
Just a spoonful or two of whatever is currently available should enough. Adding a small amount at a time while stirring is one way to go about it; another is to add a splash of that Pinot Noir while sautéing the garlic and allow it to deglaze the pan before adding the sauce. Oh, and don’t be concerned about the children any more than you would be concerned about putting a few drops of vanilla essence. No one is going to get drunk this evening. Keri Liwi, Gaelle Marcel, and Stephanie Studervia are some of the images used in this article.