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Pasta Sauce

Pasta sauce, also known as marinara sauce, is a highly versatile and widely popular tomato-based sauce originating from Italy. This sauce is used to flavor and enhance various pasta dishes, such as spaghetti, lasagna, and other Italian recipes. It is known for its rich flavors, typically consisting of tomatoes, garlic, onions, and a variety of herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme. Today, pasta sauce is available in a range of store-bought varieties, catering to different preferences and dietary needs. However, many home cooks prefer making it from scratch, as it allows them to tailor the taste and texture to their liking. Homemade pasta sauce can be easily prepared, stored, and customized, making it an essential addition to home cooking.
#1
IN PASTA SAUCES
32
CAL / 100G
$0.08
AVG / OZ
pasta sauce
75%
CARBS
13%
FAT
13%
PROTEIN
Pasta Sauce FAQ
When cooking with pasta sauce, people often get caught up in the convenience of store-bought options and miss out on making their own. Homemade varieties effectively combine freshness and flavour, and are free from the preservatives found in ready-made versions. Users typically go wrong in one of the two places. Either they don't simmer the sauce long enough to allow the flavours to develop fully, or they add the herbs too early in the cooking process, which causes them to lose their robustness. To get the most out of pasta sauce, start with fresh, ripe tomatoes if making from scratch. Use a mix of both fresh and dried herbs for depth of flavour. Add the dried herbs at the start of the cooking process, and fresh ones right at the end. Remember, the longer your sauce simmers, the more complex the flavours will be. Little known tips include using a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes, and a splash of red wine to add depth. A dash of baking soda can also mellow the acidity if needed.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does pasta sauce expire?
Unopened jarred pasta sauces can last up to 12-18 months beyond their printed date in the pantry, provided they are stored properly. Once opened, they should be used within 4-5 days, if stored in a refrigerator or if you freeze the sauce, it can last up to 4-6 months. Homemade pasta sauce typically lasts for 5-7 days in the refrigerator, and around 2-3 months in the freezer.
How do you tell if pasta sauce is bad?
The first sign that pasta sauce has gone bad is a noticeable change in color and texture. It may develop a darker hue, become thicker, and clumpy. If you see any mold or if the jar of the pasta sauce has puffed up or leaked, the sauce has definitely spoiled. Smelling could also give you cues: if it gives off a sour or unusual odor, it's time to toss it away.
Tips for storing pasta sauce to extend shelf life
• Store unopened jarred pasta sauce in a pantry or kitchen cupboard away from direct heat or sunlight. • After opening, seal the jar tightly and refrigerate promptly. To best retain its quality, use it within 4-5 days. • Homemade pasta sauce should be cooled completely before transferring to airtight containers, then refrigerated or frozen. • If freezing pasta sauce, leave some headspace in the container to allow the sauce to expand. • Defrost frozen pasta sauce in the refrigerator overnight, or by using the defrost option in your microwave. Heat it thoroughly before using.
EXPIRES WITHIN
15 - 22
MONTHS
Health Info
Macros
5g
CARBS
0g
FAT
0g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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