HOW TO BUY THE BEST TOMATO SAUCE: 7 ITALIAN COMMERCIAL BRAND REVIEWS
If you ask an Italian, tomato sauce is like pure liquid gold. Finding the best tomato sauce (passata) to use is essential when you’re preparing to cook any dish. We know you can’t always make tomato sauce at home, so I’ve taste-tested the top commercial tomato sauce brands that you can find all over the world (mostly!) so you can buy tomato sauce like an Italian.
All these brands are made in Italy with locally grown tomatoes. I am taste testing these Italian tomato sauces on YouTube by the spoonful first and then, of course, spread on my freshly made no-knead Ciabatta.
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Lets get into it starting with:
Muraca is a brand known for its quality. It has no sugar added, reduced salt, and is made with their own farm produced tomatoes. This is the definition of true passata – pure Italian tomato puree. I love this! It reminds me of Nonna’s cooking and beautiful memories. This is a purely delicious product that has a real “made the day before” taste. The only reason it does not get a 10 is because 10s are reserved for homemade tomato sauce!
A commercial brand that makes a variety of products including pasta, Granoro promotes front and center the fact that they only use Italian tomatoes. Much higher in salt than Muraca, Granoro adds in salt as well as citric acid as an acidity regulator to their ingredient list. The smell to me is just a little different to what I was expecting. The sauce is denser and has a more commercial look. The tomato flavor isn’t as bold as I think it could be. What lacks could be made up for in a full recipe, but stand alone, it’s good quality, just not my favourite.
Cirio is also known for being a great brand. It’s rustic and much thicker than others. It does have citric acid but no added salt or sugar. I personally have used Cirio maaaany times but this is my first time scoring it. It falls in between the previous two brands for the strength of its tomato aroma. It has a little higher acidy level but with its chunkier texture and great flavour, it’s all around good.
They make one of my current favorite commercial pasta! For the ingredients in La Molisana tomato sauce, it contains both added salt and citric acid. The package says “fresh taste” and the first impression is that it is incredibly fresh. It’s thick, dense and despite still being able to taste a little acidity, overall, it is just really tasty. It would be great for pasta, chicken, meatballs or pizza.
If you’re Italian, you know Mutti. They are the most popular commercial Italian tomato sauce brand. They’re the Barilla of Italian passata – you can find them anywhere. The ingredients are simply tomatoes and salt which is impressive for such a big brand. Vibrantly red, its color definitely stands out from the rest and it has a beautiful and strong smell of tomatoes. Though not as sweet as Muraca, it’s a very uniquely smooth sauce that is velvety and delicate.
Loved in Italy, Pomi is processed within a few hours after crop. But if you’re avoiding salt, this might be the brand to avoid when it comes to tomato sauce. It contains the most salt so far at 250mg per serving. However, the ingredients are only pure tomatoes and salt. I have a lot of good things to day about this one – smooth, fresh, velvety, delicate, sweet Italian tomatoes. It’s really good and tasty.
Divella was a leader in tomato sauce in the 80’s and 90’s. They lost some of their popularity when they became too commercial and changed their quality. Also simply tomatoes and salt, the tomatoes have a naturally thick texture. All the tomato seeds are in the sauce but it’s a little watery in texture, especially when compared to others. It has a fresh, real tomato taste with good flavor and smell. Overall, a nice sauce.
When It’s Time to Buy Tomato Sauce
When you are at the store and thinking, “Is all tomato sauce the same?” remember these brands. How to choose tomato sauce can be overwhelming but if you start with where it was produced and then go down the ingredient list, you’ll be able to find the perfect tomato sauce for your next Italian recipe.
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