We eat spaghetti about once per week. It's an easy meal and tastes great. I have a favorite sauce, but sometimes buy a different one when other brands are on sale, or I'm shopping somewhere that doesn't sell my usual brand.
I have a few criteria for a good spaghetti sauce.
First, quality. I know I'm looking at a better quality sauce when they use olive oil rather than soybean oil. Take a look at a cheaper spaghetti sauce, like a store brand. It will most likely have soybean oil (or perhaps another cheap oil). It may also have olive oil, or no olive oil at all. I only purchase spaghetti sauces which contain olive oil as the only oil.
Second, simplicity. I don't like a sauce with a bunch of ingredients. After all, I can add in my own spices if I so choose. I don't want a lot of onions, I don't want other veggies, and I certainly don't want any questionable ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives.
Third is of course price. I prefer not to pay over $2 for a jar of sauce. That may seem cheap, but you can do it. I very rarely spend over $2, and if I do, it's not more than $2.50.
My hubby wants me to try making it from scratch this summer. I'd like to do that if I can find some really good tomatoes that aren't expensive. We try every year to grow tomatoes on our balcony, but they never work out. My parents have a garden, but even their tomatoes weren't prolific last year. Hopefully this year proves differently and I can try making my own sauce!
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