Plane ticket to Italy ~ $1000
Rao’s Homemade Pasta Sauce ~ $9
It’s apparent what’s more cost efficient here, but I would totally justify spending a $1000 to visit Italy again, but I can’t justify spending $9 on a bottle of Rao’s Homemade sauce. I know my logic’s a bit off, but let’s face it, there are no shortcuts in getting to Europe without flying, however there are many good alternatives to delicious pasta sauces besides Rao’s. Agreed?
When my friend, Marian, raved about how amazing Rao’s Homemade Pasta Sauce was almost a year ago, I was intrigued, but I did wonder was it really as good as she said, and more importantly was it really worth 9 bucks?
Since then, every time I visited the grocery store and walked past the pasta section, I couldn’t help notice the ridiculous cost of Rao’s Pasta Sauce, but to my dismay it was never on sale. And each time I’d settle for my other 2 favorite pasta sauces – Barilla and Classico – which worked (and still do) perfectly well.
Recently though, I found Rao’s Homemade Sauce ON SALE, at $5.50 a jar. Imagine my excitement?
When I returned home and opened the jar of Rao’s Pasta Sauce and finally gave it a try, I couldn’t believe how RIGHT my friend was!
It was amazing.
It was light.
It was fresh.
And, yes indeed, it tasted homemade.
My only concern was the sauce was a bit oily, but with only 1 gram of saturated fat per serving, I overlooked it.
That night I made the simplest form of pasta I know, with the most basic ingredients – olive oil, garlic, onions, parmesan cheese, and lots and lots of basil drowning in Rao’s sauce.
When my husband took his first bite, I swear he fell in love with me all over again. For about 5 minutes I arrogantly let him “believe” how lucky he was to have me in his life, and he unmistakably agreed. Unsurprisingly though, I couldn’t contain myself any longer and eventually leaked the secret, the secret that it wasn’t me who he was in love with, but actually Rao’s. He was shattered. I was shattered mainly because my cooking skills didn’t even measure up to a jar of sauce!
The moral is…
if you can’t go to Italy, then bring Italy home with Rao’s Homemade Pasta Sauce which is priceless.
And thank you, Rao’s! I am a convert for life.
NUTRITION: Whole Grain pasta is a great source of Protein and Fiber. Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K and a very good source of Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin A. Although high in fat, cheese is a good source of Calcium and Protein.
- Pot of water
- Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes – 1 tsp (use 1/2 tsp if you can’t handle heat)
- Garlic – 2 cloves (finely chopped)
- Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)
- Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce – 1-24 ounce jar
- Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp
- salt to taste
- Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti – 13.25 ounce box
- Fresh Basil – 2 handfuls (chopped)
- Starchy Pasta Water – 1/4 cup (or less)
- Parmesan Cheese – freshly grated to taste
1. Start by heating a pot of water for your pasta.
2. In the meantime, finely chop an onion and 2 cloves of garlic.
NOTE: if you aren’t using a garlic infused olive oil, go ahead and add 2 more cloves of garlic.
3. Heat a pot on medium heat and add extra virgin olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes. Use 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, I used 2 tbsp and didn’t realize how oily Rao’s sauce is, you don’t need all the extra oil.
4. Once the pepper flakes sizzle for about 10 seconds, add the onion and garlic. Saute until golden, about 5 minutes.
5. Open up your sauce. YUM!
6. Back to the onion – this is what you should have.
7. Add the Rao’s sauce.
8. Season with 1/2 tsp of black pepper and salt to taste. Stir.
9. Cover with a lid for about 10 minutes.
10. In the meantime, check on the water. Follow the directions on the package and add the spaghetti. Cook until al dente.
11. While the pasta and sauce cook, chop up lots and lots of basil. You truly can never have enough basil. Set aside.
12. Once the pasta is cooked, reserve a little pasta water, and then drain it.
12. Add all the pasta to the sauce.
14. Toss well. Turn off the stove.
15. Add the basil. Toss some more.
16. Add about 1/4 cup (or less) of the reserved starchy pasta water.
17. Top with parmesan cheese, but the sauce is so amazing, you can really do without parmesan.
18. Life is Good!