Monday, October 4, 2010

Ragú Traditional Pasta Sauce: A Review, and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Ragú.



Ragú has updated their Traditional pasta sauce, from one serving of vegetables per 1/2 cup to TWO servings of vegetables per 1/2 cup.


Ragú sent us one jar of the old version and two jars of the new version, so we could try them. We did two blind taste tests.

Paul and I both first tried a little spoonful of plain sauce:

Paul
Background: Grew up with jarred sauces
Preference: New version
Comments: Liked both, but slightly preferred new

Swistle
Background: Grew up with homemade sauces
Preference: New version
Comments: New version tastes less like a jarred sauce; old version tastes more like what I'd expect the children to like.


The old version is a little thinner and oranger, and tasted a little saltier to me; the new version is a little thicker and darker. But they're very similar: if I'd switched to the new without telling anyone, I would have been very surprised if anyone noticed.


I gave the kids each two bowls of pasta, one with the new sauce and one with the old, none of the bowls marked. ALL the kids preferred the old version, but it took them a long time to make the decision and they all ate both servings.

But this is where I like to compare:

(Click photo to biggify it)

I would buy the new version, because I like it better, Paul likes it better, the kids won't notice, and I would be swayed by the two-versus-one vegetable servings. But I notice that when I compare the actual labels, not much is different. The ingredients list is nearly the same, with sugar and dehydrated onions switching places. There are 10 more calories per 1/2 cup in the new version (14% increase), 60 more mg of potassium (19% increase), 1 more gram of sugar (17% increase), 1 more gram of fiber (50% increase). Iron went from 4% RDA to 6% RDA. Vitamins A and C are the same.

Still, I would buy the new version, because I preferred it---and because, as I say, I'm influenced by the fronts of labels as well as the backs.

We also thought we'd try a recipe other than "add sauce to pasta," so I went to Ragú's recipe page, chose "Dinner" and "Kid-friendly" and "Red sauce," and....whoops, I should have checked this more than half an hour before dinner, because we don't have all those ingredients. So then I chose "Dinner" and "Red sauce" and "turkey," and I got Turkey Chili Mac, which I made without the green pepper because (1) the children don't like green pepper and (2) we didn't have any green pepper. And then I left out the olive oil because (1) I didn't need to sauté the green pepper. And then I didn't read very carefully so I didn't see the part about simmering it covered for 10 minutes, so I just brought it to a simmer and that was it.

Which makes it pretty much the easiest recipe ever if you don't include ordering pizza: I cooked 8 ounces of pasta (I didn't have elbow macaroni so used whatever that straight, diagonally-cut-ends tube shape is), and while it was boiling I browned and drained a package of ground turkey, then added a jar of the new Ragú sauce and a tablespoon of chili powder. And by then the pasta was done so I added it to the meat and sauce and it was done. At 4:30 I was searching the Ragú site, and at 5:00 the kids were already eating.

This is what they were eating.
(The polite person would pretend she didn't notice
I'd photoshopped some of the gunk off of the stovetop.)


It was yummy and easy, and I admit I was thinking "two servings of vegetables per half-cup times six half-cups equals twelve servings of vegetables in this pan!" I'd prefer it with the green pepper (and maybe with some crushed red pepper), but the kids liked it like this.


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212 comments:

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Lisa said...

I grew up with jarred sauce, so I do like Ragu, but now I make homemade sauce since that is what my husband prefers....when it is just me and the kids- we eat the jarred :)

clueless but hopeful mama said...

I grew up with homemade sauce and couldn't stand the taste of jarred sauce (You can taste the jar! Too sweet! Or too salty! OR BOTH!). Until I became a mom and didn't have time to make homemade sauce all the time!

JShawRita said...

I grew up with homemade sauce, but my mom also had lots of time to make it. In a bind doctoring up a jar of sauce with some basil, garlic and seasonings is good too!

d e v a n said...

I grew up with jarred sauce. I always buy jarred sauce now as well. I just add what i want to make it more "homemade tasting" and call it good.
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Anne said...

I grew up with a little bit of both homemade and store-bought sauces, depending on how much time my (both working outside the home) parents had at the moment. Probably the same way my (future) children will grow up, I suspect.

Jess said...

I grew up with homemade sauce, and never really thought about jarred sauces until I met Torsten, who will occasionally buy a jarred sauce, which is how I learned that jarred sauce can actually be decent. We still usually make sauce from scratch, though.

Linda said...

I doctor up jarred sauce, too, even though I grew up with homemade. I would totally be swayed by the extra veggies claim, too, Swistle.

lifeofadoctorswife said...

I grew up with doctored sauce, where I add ground beef, cayenne, oregano, basil, Tobasco, onions, carrots, and tons of garlic to the sauce and simmer for a while before serving.

For many year, the jarred sauce I doctored was Prego, until this year, in fact, when my husband pointed out that Ragu is smooth. This is important to me because I can't stand tomato chunks, so I'd always put the Prego through the blender before adding it to the pan. But now I can skip that step (and the step of washing the blender and avoiding cutting my fingers off with the blade) and the spaghetti is just as delicious.

(I am a little worried by this new sauce though. I hope that "thick" does not mean "lumpy." Or back to the blender I'll go.)

Michelle Bell said...

I grew up with both, although right now we've been using mostly jarred sauces. I doctor those up, though; add my own veggies, addition of tomatoes (cause the jarred versions are never chunky enough), spicing, etc.

I'd be excited, though, if someone came out with a "natural sugar" jar sauce (and if such a thing exists, and I'm spouting silliness, please correct me and then direct me to where I may buy such a fabulous thing!). High Fructose Corn Syrup does not agree with my husband so much, so I don't get to eat sauces nearly as much as I'd like.

nell said...

I grew up with jarred sauces, but now I use a pretty even amount of both jarred (usually doctored with sauteed onions, extra garlic, etc.) and homemade sauce; it's just a matter of how much time and energy I have when dinnertime rolls around.

Anonymous said...

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juliloquy said...

I grew up with mostly homemade, sometimes seasoned from a spice packet. My kids don't eat red sauce, which makes me sad.

I like it that these jars of Ragu don't use high fructose corn syrup.

Swistle said...

Lifeofadoctorswife- Smooth! It's still smooth! THICKER-smooth, but no lumps!

missris said...

I grew up with jarred sauce, but the kind that was "thick and chunky" with garden vegetables or whatever. And I still love it!

sara m said...

Jar sauce at home, homemade at Grandmas. Grandma's was amazing of course, but jar sauce is a comfort food for me too.

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Farrell said...

I grew up with jarred and sophie likes ragu traditional, flavored with meat, and I think it's too watery. I do, however, enjoy Ragu's Chunky vegt. version. It's slightly spicy and chunky and therefore non-watery.

Suzannah said...

I always THOUGHT I grew up with homemade, but I recently saw my dad making sauce, and he sort of cheated - started with a jarred sauce as a base, then doctored it up. Still delicious!

Mami2jcn said...

I grew up on Ragu jarred sauces. My mother was working on her college degree at night so there wasn't time for homemade sauce.

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Elaine said...

jarred!

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Elizabeth said...

We grew up with home made sauce with the very occasional jarred sauce, which we thought was a wonderful delicious amazing treat.

Saly said...

We probably had 75% jarred sauce and 25% homemade when I was growing up. My kids have never had the real thing; we always buy the big jars of Ragu at BJ's.

Julie said...

My mom usually doctored jarred sauce with additional peppers, onions, and garlic. And now I do the same!

Anonymous said...

Usually jarred, and like most kids, preferred it that way! When mom made the homemade, it wasn't nearly as good!

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Julie said...

We had both. Traditional, straight-up spaghetti and meatballs almost always called for homemade sauce, but for a quick, weeknight dinner, some jarred sauce, possibly jazzed up with some ground beef, poured over noodles was a good go-to. Both awesome in their own ways.

beyond said...

i grew up with homemade sauce only. that's what i make at now too.

Hairline Fracture said...

I grew up with jarred sauces, but my mom usually added a packet of the powdered sauce and some water to make the flavor more intense. Oh, and meat--we never ate spaghetti sauce without meat!

I make homemade sauce for spaghetti and meatballs, but still use Ragu for other recipes.

Superjules said...

I grew up with my mom's version of semi-homemade sauce which was: 1 jar sauce + browned ground beef + 1 can chopped tomatoes.
Delicious.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

We are jarred sauce people, although I think it would be fun to learn a great homemade recipe.

sy said...

i grew up with soysauce so i guess jarred sauces. i like the convience of jarred sauces.
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Emily said...

Mostly jarred, but some homemade.

Jen in Mi said...

Doctored up jar sauce.

Thia said...

I grew up with homemade and now make my own.

The Sunshyn said...

I grew up with both, but usually it was our grandmother who made the homemade sauces. Our mother often didn't have time to make sauce up from scratch.
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LiciaLee said...

I grew up with homemade sauce but now use jarred sauce as an adult because I'm a tad lazy, and nowhere near as good of a cook as my mother.. I like the extra veggie serving, cuz I'm not a big veggie person so it always makes me feel good about eating spaghetti..

banana55 said...

I grew up on Chef Boyardee are you kidding me?! Seriously, I did grow up on mostly jarred sauces and liked them because I didn't know anything else. In later years my mom began to doctor them up and make them from scratch and that's what I do to this day. I like to cube up pancetta and use that as the meat adder. Got to have onions, garlic and carrots to get my vote. I think the carrots sweeten the sauce which we happen to like. My favorite recipe is Mario Batali's Bucatini all'Amatriciana; my second favorite is his Basic tomato sauce. My son, however, is still happy with Ragu and based on the comments here, I'll give it another try!

Lindsay said...

I grew up with a mix of jarred and homemade sauce. I am now sometimes homemade and sometimes jarred. If I do use jarred sauce, I actually use Ragu because of the smoothness. It makes a good base for a meat sauce that my whole family likes. Plus it's cheap.

Leah B said...

I grew up on homemade sauce - we always knew it was fall when the sauce went on the stove.

quitecontrary1977 said...

I am from an Italian family,and what do you think we ate? Ragu! And lots of it!
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Anonymous said...

Really a combination of both!
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Susan said...

I grew up with powdered sauces, then we went to jarred. I didn't know there were people that actually MADE their own until I moved out of my house.

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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Nice review! I usually make my own sauce from scratch, but having a good sauce like this new and improved Ragu can be a real timesaver, so I always have at least one jar on hand for emergencies.

Karen said...

I enjoyed this review and your 'wittiness' =), We grew up on jarred sauce and not wanting to break the tradition, that is what my family is served.

Mimi said...

I grew up on homemade sauces, but I myself only learned how to make homemade sauce a few months ago. Really puts the jarred stuff to shame, I must say.

Katy said...

I grew up with jarred sauce and actually prefer it. I learned to make homemade sauce- but I am still not used to the difference in taste!

Carrie White said...

We love pasta in our house! I sometimes add sausage or hamburger and occasionally I chop up a few tiny tomatoes in it and toss in some additional oregano or basil and put some green peppers and mushrooms in it. whitecarrie69@yahoo.com

ccr in MA said...

I'm sure my mother used jarred sauce some of the time, but I remember her making sauce too, and how the whole house would smell wonderful.

allthingsnew said...

We grew up with jarred sauces! In fact, I thought only ppl in Italy made their own pasta until this last year!

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Just call me b said...

My mom used to make - and still does- homemade sauce.

sodahoney said...

Grew up on Homemade sauce. Jarred is too sweet but that is a sign of the time and I am old.

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Betty N said...

I grew up with homemade sauces but I totally use Ragu sauce

Kelly Massman said...

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kari jasus said...

my mom actually made her own spaghetti sauce which to this day i still cannot make the same as her...so i resort to jarred sauce.
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Mama Bub said...

I grew up with homemade sauces, but I actually prefer the flavor of a jarred sauce. Maybe my mom's sauce just wasn't very good? I HATED spaghetti sauce growing up.

My Tea Party said...

I grew up with both homemade and jar sauce, and still use both. Time is the determining factor as to which I use.

Amber said...

I grew up with sauce in a jar, and I still use it today! ;)

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susan1215 said...

I grew up with homeade sauce but I'm a jar kind of gal because I don't have that much time

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divrchk said...

Jar sauce all the way growing up. I still buy Ragu but go for the Organic option.

kellirc said...

We used jarred sauce for the most part.

sagessa said...

Homemade sauce here, then jarred after I moved out of my parent's house and now homemade again thanks to my husband's wonderful cooking.

Tracy said...

I grew up with mostly homemade but now a days it's a bit of both. I don't make it very often because I'm the only one in the house who really enjoys tomato based sauces.....

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Anonymous said...

I grew up with jarred sauces. So Ragu would be just fine.

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Becky said...

Grew up with a little bit of both... but my mom's homemade sauce is still my favorite!!

Karen said...

I grew up with homemade sauce, but usually use jar sauce now due to time.
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Melanie said...

I grew up with jarred sauce, which was fine since I was not a huge red pasta sauce eater as a kid.

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Jenny B said...

I totally grew up on homemade sauces (and my kids do too), but when I was single and in college, Ragu was definitely my first choice since it was so much easier:)

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allysmama said...

Thankfully, I grew up with jarred sauces. My mom cannot cook and her attempt at sauce was tomatoes and tomato sauce over spaghetti...so Ragu kept us fed!
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gmissycat said...

We here are and still are Jar sauce family! We are Pasta People!!!!
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Courtney said...

I grew up with Ragu. :)

Snoopyfan said...

If I could get my kids to eat pasta sauce, I would be so happy! I always have to leave some plain for them. Boring!! I really like Ragu, always have.
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Jana said...

I grew up with jar sauce. I don't think my mom ever made homemade sauce. I'll make it occasionally, but I still use mostly jarred. It's all about the amount of time I have (not much with three kids, swim practice, speech, gymnastics, etc.).

Kathy said...

My mother used a packet to make her sauce. I think you browned meat, added the packet and a can of tomatoes.

fostertam said...

The ONE homemade thing my mother made was spaghetti sauce and it was awesome. Of course she only made it for special occasions. Now when I go home to visit she always makes some of that yummy spaghetti sauce.

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Amanda said...

I was a latchkey kid with divorced parents. My mom worked tow jobs so dinner had to be fast, not a lot of homemade this or that around. We grew up on jarred sauce. Hubby on the other hand grew up on homemade as he is Italian and had a traditional italian family. :)

Tammigirl said...

I grew up with both. I do both. I do keep the national reserve of Ragu in my store-room because we're always paranoid about keeping lots of food around and who doesn't love Ragu?

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Tabathia said...

grew up with jarred pasta sauces
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Alicia said...

I grew up with both.

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Mel4Him said...

My family grew up on homemade sauce. We actual lived on it. I think had some sort of pasta dish at least 3-4 times a week. lol. My mom still makes her own sauce.

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Allison said...

As far as I can remember, I think we always had jarred sauce.

Marie Green said...

I hate to say this, but my mom was (IS) a terrible cook and we only ever had jarred. I like jarred sauces as well as homemade, and I'd probably but the new version too, because I'd be swayed by the "2 vegetables/serving" on the front of the label.

Angel Jacklyn said...

I GREW UP WITH THE JARRED SAUCES. ALWAYS LOVED RAGU BEST AND STILL DO TO THIS DAY. THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THE SAUCE THAT I CAN'T QUITE PUT A FINGER ON... ALL I KNOW IS IT'S FINGER-LICKIN GOOD! kytah00@yahoo.com

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Emily N. said...

mostly jarred sauce, sometimes we had homemade.

Alyssa said...

I've always had jarred sauce, and still do. It's just such an easy dinner.

Sue H said...

I grew up with homemade sauce and always used to make my own until I decided it took too much time.

bdiane34 said...

I grew up with jarred sauce Ragu to be exact. I still to this day use it.
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jessica said...

jarred sauces

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ms-texas said...

homemade sauces! But I do like Ragu as well!

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DoughGirl said...

My mom canned her own sauce when we were kids but she had a lot of time since she was a stay at home mom. As we got older and she went back to work, it was jarred sauce all the way. Now I can my own sauce but when we run out then we use jarred sauce and it's always pretty good!

Linda said...

Grew up on homemade but now actually prefer jarred sauce.

Danielle said...

My mom always (and still does) made her own sauce.. I however am a jarred sauce kinda mom!
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marilyn c. cole said...

I definitely grew up mostly on jarred sauces (and not that much pasta, really, anyway) but I am totally a homemade kind of girl now.

Anonymous said...

I grew up on jarred sauces. But I definatley want to try my hand at making a homemade one...maybe someday when I have time.

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lee said...

my childhood meals were homemade sauce all the way. it would simmer for hours on the stove. i would be so hungry and my grandmother would make me wait while it simmered forever! but it was always worth waiting for!

DawnA said...

Jar sauce, but it was always "dressed up". My hubby only likes it if the jar sauce cooks all day. I would like to make homemade sometime soon.
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Darcy said...

I grew up with both, but now just use jarred sauce - because it's easy peasy!

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

My Mom made homemade sauces always...that is until Ragu came on the market and from time to time she would use it.

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KeicherMom said...

I grew up with homemade, and still make a quick, easy version. However, jarred is pretty good )we have a local restaurant, Chefs, and they jar their sauce and I could drink it...it's like a secret vice)

wigget said...

i grew up, and still use, jarred sauces

JoeyfromSC said...

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I grew up on jarred sauces..My mom never had time to make the "from scratch" ones lol

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Soggy Cereal Mom said...

We grew up on jarred sauces.
Of course, now that I'm old and no longer live at home my dad makes homemade ones for himself. nice.

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Anonymous said...

I grew up on doctored jarred sauces. I usually do the same now, but will just go with the straight jarred in a pinch. I don't mind either way, but adding some ground beef or turkey makes it go farther.

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LAMusing said...

I grew up on jarred sauce. I still use it but I doctor it up with a little chopped fresh tomato, a big pinch of Italian seasoning=, a little oregano and garlic. Then add browned hamburger or grilled chicken and sprinkle with fresh grated cheese.
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Norma said...

I grew up on home made sauce, but when I had my own child I never had much time and switched to jarred sauce.
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Michelle S. said...

I grew up on jarred sauces...still tend to use them (ONLY Ragu) but will add some more spices and "stuff" to them at times.

jen(melty) said...

I grew up with home made sauce, but my husband grew up with jarred convenience foods in general, and has secretly told my kids to eschew anything that doesn't come out of a jar. So if I make home made sauce, I store it in the jar. But I tend to like Ragu better than anything so I'll eat that. I don't like any other brands and I don't really like the "gourmet" stuff.. sometimes Ragu just hits the spot.

Lisa P said...

I grew up with jarred and I feed my family jarred. I usually get Hunt's vegetable. It has chunks of veggies, so I feel like they are getting more veggies into them. Plus it is cheap, like a buck a can.

This summer, I made my own sauce twice using our cherry tomato explosion. And I'll probably do it once more this week before the frost comes.

suddensilence said...

I grew up with homemade...I'm Italian and seriously don't remember my mom EVER using jarred sauce for anything. It was homemade red gravy (not sauce, lol) or nothin'.

However, I love spaghetti sauce from a jar! I do about half and half now...make my own, or grab a jar when I need something really fast. It all tastes great to me!

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Katie said...

Both. Usually jarred, sometimes homemade.

Amber said...

I grew up with jarred sauce, but then when I was a nanny I was introduced to a magical homemade sauce by the woman I was nanny for - she was a chef. It was delicious and I always wanted the recipe, but she never gave it to me because she never used an actual "recipe". So I now used jarred sauce with my own kids, coincidentally, Ragu, because I like the servings of vegetables hidden in there!

Kerry said...

I grew up with jarred sauce, but my mom always added a few extras to it.
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wisdomandpeace said...

Definitely grew up with jarred sauces--in fact my mother has always made the sauce for her lasagna with a can of tomato SOUP! I told this to an Italian lady I know and she nearly croaked! I am a bit obsessive about making as much as possible from scratch, so I make my own sauce with canned tomatoes. I recently discovered San Marzano tomatoes: they're a bit more expensive than the "regular" canned tomatoes, but I think they really elevate the sauce to another plane!

Lexiquin said...

We always had home-made pasta sauce when I was growing up--and it was delicious! Unfortunately, my spaghetti sauce isn't the best (I guess I'm missing some of the key ingredients that could always be found in my parents' kitchen). I'm grateful for Ragu' which enables me to make a delicious meal quickly.
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Anonymous said...

Grew up with homemade, but now I use jarred.
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Christy said...

I grew up with a mix of homemade and jarred sauces. I generally use jarred stuff, but I try to doctor it up a bit if I have fresh herbs, etc. on hand.

kimer1103 said...

As a child we never, NEVER, had jarred sauce. Coming from an Italian family it was unheard of to buy jarred sauce. Now, as a fulltime working parent, I can't imagine not buying jarred sauce. I still love to make my own, but just don't have the time.

spatulater said...

I grew up with jarred sauce and I still use it occasionally for a quick meal.

Jalana said...

I grew up on jar sauces--mostly Ragu. I love the chunky, lumpy sauces.

sl said...

I grew up using jar sauce. I still do someimes. It makes such a quick meal. I usually add veggies to it.

Lorie said...

It was ALWAYS from a jar. I just recently went to a semi homemade version, but honestly it takes so much time. The jar is so nice for quick dinners!

Law Family said...

I love Ragu. Can't wait to try the new formula!

babybloomr said...

OK-- I'm trying it!

Anonymous said...

I grew up where everything was homemade: sauces, pasta, mayonnaise, bread...everything.
I just discovered jars and cans because I don't have time to do everything homemade unfortunately!

Tara said...

I grew up on Jarred sauces. I however do both methods depending on time.
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Three Wishes said...

JARRED! Had no idea people even made homemade sauces when I was little! Haha. Even worse, when there was extra money, we would splurge for the Boyardee mix with the sauce in a can!

Toystory said...

I grew up on homemade. Us kids (6 of us)loved it, my father always seem to get indigestion, and disliked it the minute he smelled what was for dinner! Now thinking about it, that's quite a memory!

becky said...

i grew up on jarred sauce, often times my mother wouldn't even heat it up. rather she would just toss a bit over the noodles and call it good.
i make my own homemade sauce now adding veggies and veggie purees that i have frozen and my own fancy little spice mixes that i put together. it is one of my favorite things to make because i can just rest in the kitchen while it simmers slowly away into sauce.

Deb said...

I grew up on jarred sauce all the way.

Shel said...

Always jar sauce...my mother always had at least 3 jars stocked in the cupboard. I follow suit...I have at least 2 or 3 on hand all the time.

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Sabrina said...

Grew up with jar sauce. I still have little understanding of what "homemade" sauce means. My MIL says she makes her own, but she simmers a green pepper and whole onion in a pot of canned tomato sauce/crushed tomatoes. I fail to see the distinction. Do people make tomato sauce out of, gasp, fresh tomatoes?!?!

Anyhow. I buy whatever jarred sauce is the cheapest/is on sale and does NOT have HFCS in it. And Ragu is often on sale, or at least is pretty cheap in comparison to others, and now that I know they managed to increase the fiber content, sure, I guess I'd be more inclined to buy it.

Well played, Ragu. Well played.

jakiesmom said...

we are definately a jarred sauce house now and then..wish i knew how to make homemade but jarred always tastes better than my homemade
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Claire Bingham said...

Always jarred.

JC said...

I grew up with homemade sauces, my mom is quite creative with sauces.

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Elizabeth said...

I never even had jarred saw until I was a teenager and ate pasta ate friends' houses. My mom made the majority of our meals from scratch.
I love to cook and make homemade sauce as frequently as possible. I do keep jarred sauce in the cabinet for a quick meal when I want to avoid take-out. However, I'm very very picky about jarred sauce and hardly ever buy the well-known name brands like prego or ragu. Oddly, enough I will admit that I craved ragu when I was pregnant.

Stacey said...

I grew up with the jar sauce and still use it today but I add in extra veggies.....and even use it in my meatloaf.

Kerri said...

I grew up with jarred sauce.

Christine said...

This sounds positively horrible but I'm not sure. I think my mom used canned and added to it. Does that make it homemade?

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Xandra said...

I grew up with a mix of both. If my mother needed an easy/fast dinner night it was obviously bottled sauce. Occasionally she would do a homemade sauce with meatballs that would cook for a couple hours, which was always the best.

Heather said...

I grew up with a mixture of both! Thanks for the chance to win!


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Newlyweds on a Budget said...

I definitely grew up with jarred! my mother was a working woman!

Racingjourno said...

My mom was not a cook from scratch kind of person. Now, my grandmother was. So I was a "jar" person growing up.

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Deanna G. said...

Jarred! :)

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holud said...

Jarred sauces

DanielleCorrelle said...

I grew up with jarred sauces... or, canned, rather. My mom always always uses the Hunts in a can. It didn't even dawn on me I could make my own until I was married! Crazy.

angie lilly said...

I actually grew up with both kinds. My mom would make homemade sauce for special occasions and we would eat canned/jarred sauce for every day meals.
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Scott said...

my parents were homemade everything growing up. the only time I got anything processed was when my dad was on a business trip and we splurged. other than that, mom made it all.
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abitnerdy said...

tee-hee I really enjoy the side by side comparison. I grew up on Jarred Sauce, still eating it til this this day!

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ape2016 said...

I grew up with both. Ragu sauce when mom was in a hurry and homemade when she could work on it all day. Now her homemade is a piece of heaven, but I love Ragu, also.
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bargaingirl said...

I most definitely grew up with jarred spagetti sauce, and it was Ragu. Why bother with homemade when there is Ragu.

somesmallskill said...

My mom barely ever made pasta when we were growing up and when we did it was usually a homemade cream sauce of some sort. At our house we eat pasta a lot more often and it is a 50/50 mix of homemade and jarred.

Melissa Cureton said...

We use ragu almost exclusively. We love it!

Emily said...

I grew up with sauce in a jar. Partly that was my own fault, because I was death on "pieces", so unless my parents had made homemade sauce and then blended it completely smooth, I wouldn't have touched it anyway. I'm a big fan of Archer Farms sauces today.

Elizabeth said...

I grew up with sauce from a can but my mom always added stuff to it.

I do the same these days with Ragu. I open a jar and then add odds and ends to it to make my own spaghetti sauce.

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susitravl said...

My mom made spaghetti sauce starting with a packet of powder! I'm not sure if it was William's or McCormick or what - I've never used it. We use jarred that we spice up with additional garlic, oregano, parmesan cheese, etc.

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melanie said...

we use jar sauce. i probably should learn to make my own one of these days...

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Lucy said...

We use jarred sauces but I always find them to be so watered down...never can find one I really like! We eat them never the less!

Amyella said...

We grew up with homemade gravy (in an Italian-American family) but would usually keep a jarred sauce in the pantry just in case. I still make homemade sauce unless I find a jarred sauce on sale that has a very impressive label.

Christina said...

I grew up with homemade sauce. First time I tried jarred sauce was when I was 22! Now I mainly use homemade myself, b/c it's cheaper. But I do keep jarred on hand for convenience's sake.

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jillyrh said...

I grew up with jarred sauces. My Mom was a working Mom

Karina said...

we grew up with jarred sauce


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Wendy said...

people can make sauce at home??

SUEB0B said...

I grew up with homemade sauce that was, I guess, my mom's version of a bolognese. Unfortunately, her version was long on hamburger and oil and short on tomatoes, so it was sort of a lumpy, slippery, shiny thing.

I have tried lots of jarred sauces and I really like Ragu. I didn't think I would, but I like it much better than most of the others out there.

marcia goss said...

I didn't grow up with sauce from a jar. I remember eating the Kraft
Spaghetti Dinner in a box, and there was a packet of seasonings that you added to tomato sauce.
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Carolyn said...

I grew up with homemade sauce, as my dad's side of the family is Italian and anything else would be sacrilege. But! I have found that harried, stressful nights after work make jarred sauces ok, so I now do whatever I have time for.

Kelly said...

I grew up with jarred sauce!

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Brooke said...

Jarred sauces. Both my parents worked and even though my mom always had a dinner with meat, starcn and a veggie on the table every night, she knew the shortcuts.

Ellie said...

I grew up with jarred sauces, but I always add basil and oregano to it.

Amie said...

Definitely jarred and I do it the same way!

Amanda said...

Jarred! I wouldn't even begin to know how to make real sauce.

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