Target – Giada De Laurentiis – Vegetable Marinara Pasta Sauce – Food Review

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The search is over.  This is number one.

I’ve never thought much of prepared tomato sauces.  I’ve tried a few and while tolerable, they’re really not that good.  Recently I was fortunate enough to run across a 31 brand comparison of store-bought tomato sauces.  That of course compelled me to try the surprising number one choice, Target’s (of all places) Giada De Laurentiis Vegetable Marinara Pasta Sauce.  As an immediate disclaimer, the fact that Giada is charming and as cute as a button, has absolutely no influence on the rest of this review.

It’s not difficult to see how this was chosen as first among 31.  The sauce is visibly thick with identifiable seeds and fair-sized bits and pieces of other ingredients.  While thick, the sauce is not a chunky sauce.  The ingredient list says the tomatoes are “course ground”.  I suspect they mean, “coarse ground”.   No matter, that’s a good description of the texture.

The taste is a little sweetish, but with many hints of other flavors peeking through.  There’s a strong, but not overpowering, hint of garlic.  That’s important in my book.  I’m still trying to identify the other flavors.  Perhaps it’s the red bell peppers that provide the mystery.

Overall this is an excellent sauce.  It’s very different from my homemade sauce, but equally good in its own way.

I gave the sauce a test in a variation of my baked mostaccioli recipe.  Except for the celery, beef, a small can of whole tomatoes and sugar (all 4 required for the recipe – but not the sauce), I purposely did not add anything to change or enhance the flavors in the sauce.  For this test, the sauce had to stand on its own, bringing all the flavors to the dish.

I brought the mostaccioli over to the relatives along with a couple of other dishes for a little informal Christmas Eve meal.  I got to take home the leftovers from the other two dishes.  The mostaccioli stayed there.  Enough said about how they liked it?

Calories  80 per 1/2 cup (125 g)       Price – around $3.00 on sale

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  4. John Says:

    Too bad for Target, This is some of the best I have ever used out of a bottle. Anyone know where it can be purchased??

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  5. Vicky Says:

    Has anyone found a website or store that sells this sauce?

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  6. Nick Says:

    I believe that target is discontinuing all of the Giada sauces – everything is on clearance. Guess they did not re-sign a deal.

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  7. RD Says:

    I LOVE this sauce and buy it all the time, but I guess I’m the only one because Target has discontinued selling it. Does anyone know if it is available anywhere else, or can anyone get the recipe??? Thank you!!

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  8. martin haladay Says:

    target has discontinued making the vegetable marinara do you know where i can get some

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