The best pasta sauce recipes remain true to old-world methods and use the finest ingredients.
Mama Yolanda’s Traditional Sauces® (MYTS) was founded by Darek W. Haupt, CEC in 2014 after a 40-year career as an executive chef specializing in Italian haute cuisine. During this time, he was tutored in “peasant cuisine” by a first-generation Italian grandma named Yolanda who helped him understand the origin and preparation of the foods he grew up enjoying as a boy. The name of our company is an homage to this fine woman. The original sauce recipes produced by MYTS were developed over many years as a result of this tutelage.
Mr. Haupt grew up with two brothers in a semi-rural northern New Jersey village that was almost entirely of Italian descent. The ladies who managed these multi-generational households always had fresh, homemade dishes which they liberally shared with these German-Welsh boys and their parents. They established an appreciation of this cuisine that would be the foundation of Mr. Haupt’s culinary journey, which would ultimately take him to the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY where he graduated with honors.
MYTS is a North Carolina-based, family-owned company that was originally founded in 2014 in New Jersey. Since one of our owners is paraplegic, the family recently relocated from New Jersey to the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area because of its advanced availability of Paralympic-type sporting activities and world-class medical facilities. Our business was reincorporated as a North Carolina company in late summer of 2019. Our ultimate goal is to produce a wide array of high-quality, American-sourced-and-made sauces and associated goods that are sold on supermarket and big box store shelves across the United States.
When you browse the Italian (pasta) sauce section of your local grocery market, you will see many mass-produced options and a few that have the name of a famous chef or celebrity on them. It is normal to assume that the latter is somehow better, but that isn’t always the case. Instead of needing added sugars, artificial flavorings, and other refined ingredients, our Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy and Classic Vodka Sauce get their deep, enticing flavor from fresh, quality ingredients. They fit perfectly in any healthy diet and can be used in any family favorite recipe you have in mind.
Mama Yolanda’s Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy is made domestically using the finest California-grown vine-ripened pear tomatoes, which are simmered for hours with the freshest carrots and onions available along with extra virgin olive oil and kosher salt. A common refrain that we hear from the folks who have tried this sauce is that they can’t believe this taste came from a jar.
Mama Yolanda’s Classic Vodka Sauce is also made domestically using the finest California-grown vine-ripened tomatoes. Vodka sauce has become a staple of Italian-American cuisine. We believe that ours is a faithful interpretation of the original invention by a Roman chef in the 1980s. It is made with heavy cream, fresh onions, extra virgin olive oil, real vodka, butter, Romano cheese, kosher salt, ground black pepper, fresh garlic and parsley.
Our company tagline is “No Artificial Anything”. We never add sugar to our sauces in any form, and all our flavor comes from wholesome, natural ingredients. The three grams of sugar in each serving of Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy and Classic Vodka Sauce are natural by-products from the onions and carrots.
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