Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce evokes nostalgic memories of family dinners. A blend of sweet, imported Italian tomatoes, Italian olive oil, sweet onions, fresh basil, fresh garlic, crushed black pepper, salt and fresh oregano.
- Rao’s Marinara Sauce, 24 oz
What Happened to the Rao’s recipe
I have always been a fan or Rao’s Marinara sauce and willing to shell out the premium price of $7-$9 a bottle. However of late (I would say within the last 3-6 months) the recipe or process has apparently changed. The sauce is no where near as fresh tasting as it once was. The sauce is now more homogenized and bland to the point that I will no longer shell out the premium price for a product that is no better then sauces selling for $2 a bottle. It is sad that the company has cut corners in the way that they have (perhaps they have expanded production and are using a new supplier). I hope that they return to their original recipe or drop the new manufacturing source.
Considering the price point and the average quality I would rate the current product as poor.
I would be interested in other opinions.
Sign me an unhappy customer.
they changed the recipe
this used to be a 5 star sauce but they changed the recipe secretly now it tastes like crap. Buy mezetta’s marinara instead. its half the price and tastes VERY similar tot his sauce except with added wine, and they use fine ingredients and arent sellouts. this sauce is now junk quality. mezetta marinara sauce is the (current) best jar sauce on the market bar none. puts new raos to shame.
CaylaNorth Hollywood, CA
I make all my own pasta sauces from scratch but when Whole Foods featured this sauce on sale I decided to try it. I’m glad I did. It’s every bit as good as my own and then some. The rich tomato flavor puts this one on my list of items to keep on hand. The sauce is simple enough to use as a pizza topping and gives the pizza a nice kick without competing with the other topping ingredients. As a pasta sauce, or for chicken cacciatore, veal, chicken or eggplant parmesan it’s perfect.
RosannaGlade Valley, NC