Well after reading about how swell this is, I finally reached up to that top shelf in the store and shelled out 10 bucks for a bottle of sauce (my frugal mother is somewhere out in the Ether clutching her spectral chest a la Fred Sanford lol).
And it's... okay. Certainly less corn-syrup-sweet than most of the prepared tom sauces out there. Texture is good, you can see and feel vegetables. Not overly salted like many commercial sauces. More oil than I usually want. No notable fresh flavor; very commercially-cooked essence; I don't think I could pick it out of a sauce lineup. Spices not really forward. I tried it cold from the jar x2, warmed alone x2, over some rather dry lasagne, and with sausage-and-peppers.
I wanted this to be BAM/POW; something easy to toss some holiday meatballs in for Christmas dish, etc. But when I buy prepared sauce, it's generally Tom Thumb (a.k.a. Safeway), <$2 on sale. Fresher taste and better spicing. I can't find a reason to try Rao's again.
What have I missed? What strikes you about this stuff?
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