C’mon! Homemade pasta sauce in a jar? Yes!
In a perfect environment where you had a garden full of vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh onions, fresh carrots, and basil growing, you’d have the ability to make a homemade pasta sauce that would make an Italian grandmother proud. Unfortunately, too few among us have that option and are left with the choice of using lower-quality canned ingredients or buying a mass-produced product instead. At Mama Yolanda’s Traditional Sauces®, we set out with the mission to share a recipe that will have you swearing you are eating homemade pasta sauce. With only 5 grams of carbohydrates, our products are healthy and keto-friendly, and our Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy and Classic Vodka Sauce are gluten-free, and our Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy is vegan-friendly to boot! (Our Classic Vodka Sauce is made with real vodka that isn’t distilled from wheat.)
To show you what makes our homemade pasta sauce special, let’s look at a side-by-side comparison of the information that we pulled off the label of ours and a popular store brand.
|Popular Brand of
Traditional Pasta Sauce
Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy
|Tomato Base||Tomato puree (water and tomato paste)||Fresh, vine-ripened California pear tomatoes|
|Oil||Soybean Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil is on the list, but much further down meaning the amount is minimal)||Extra Virgin Olive Oil|
|Onions||Dehydrated Onions||Fresh Onions|
|Sweetener||Sugar||Fresh Onion & Carrots (No Processed Sugar or Sweeteners)|
|Flavoring||“Spices”||Fresh Basil Leaf|
|Salt||Salt (type not noted)||Kosher Salt|
|Other Ingredients||Romano Cheese, Natural Flavor (could be anything)||Nothing Else! Zip! Zilch! Nada!|
|Carbohydrates||11g, including 7g of added sugar||5g, including 3g of natural sugar from fresh ingredients|
As many families are turning to healthier options for feeding their family, it is important to hone your label-reading skills. While many mass-produced products are touting themselves as natural and healthy, one look at the label tells you they may not be what they seem. Even in this scenario, there is much wiggle room. For example, what is “natural flavor”? It might surprise you to learn that there are quite a few unappetizing ingredients you wouldn’t want to eat and that could be an allergen but fall under that classification. Since natural flavor ingredients are largely unregulated, this is a growing concern among those wanting healthy food.
We pledge to never include questionable ingredients, so you can always be confident that our homemade pasta sauce fits your healthy eating program. Healthy and delicious! And remember, it’s made with No Artificial Anything!