Super-Easy Shortcut Recipes
Start with a Jar of Pasta Sauce
Use its rich, slow-simmered herb-and-tomato goodness as a starting point for dinner, be it chili, braised lamb, poached eggs,
or baked pasta.
Photo: Johnny Autry, By David Bonom & Ann Taylor Pittman
Marinara Buying Notes
We sorted through the billion pasta sauce choices now on supermarket shelves, focused on marinara (the most basic and most
versatile), and evaluated using two criteria: sodium and flavor. Sodium can be particularly high, as much as 540mg per half-cup
serving. Generally, we recommend seeking out sauces with less than 350mg sodium per half-cup serving. Some sauces also contain
a lot of added sugar, which means you'll want to add salt to rebalance. Others have a too-pronounced dried herb flavor. Our
favorites from the marinara tasting: McCutcheon's Marinara Pasta Sauce and Amy's Light in Sodium Family Marinara Pasta Sauce.