Ragu, Prego, Bertolli, Classico, Emeril's, Newman's Own, and so on.... They come in an array of flavors (many of which you've probably never tried before) and an array of costs, $3, $5, $7 a jar and so on.... Sure, they're convenient, but don't buy them.
Make your own, it's so easy and WAY cheaper than buying the jar stuff. The best part, you control the flavor!
Here's a quick sauce you can make, use it as a base to incorporate your favorite flavors.
- One Tablespoon olive oil
- Half a medium onion, finely chopped (alternative - dried minced onion or onion powder)
- Two cloves of garlic, finely chopped (alternative - garlic powder)
- One 6 oz. can of tomato paste
- One cup water
- One Tablespoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat up a medium sauce pan over medium heat, put in the olive oil and onion. Saute until translucent. Add the garlic, stir for about a minute. Add in the tomato paste, water, oregano and stir. Salt and pepper to taste. This is a base sauce, take the flavors where you want to go from here. Add some red chili flake, or some Parmesan cheese. Try a beef or chicken bouillon cube. Basil is a great add. Melt a tab of butter into the sauce just before serving. Personally, I like to add some sliced mushrooms and Cookies Flavor Enhancer to my sauce. The flavor profile is all up to you, it's easy to do and you didn't have to spend $5 or $7 bucks to bring it to your table! A 6 ounce jar of tomato paste costs around 75 cents. We're talking bargain provided you've got some basic seasonings in your pantry.