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Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Tomato Quest....part deux
Nah...not really...but I am on a quest to find out if it's the San Marzano tomatoes that really make the sauce.
On a crazy shopping expedition one night not too long ago Kev and I drove around to just about every grocery store we could think of and bought pretty much every brand of canned San Marzano tomatoes. So far the conclusion is that Cento D.O.P is the way to go.
Now comes this particular brand. Rao's. I think we found this one at either Whole Foods or Fresh Market (wish I woulda kept closer track). In any case, on opening I was happily surprised to find nice, dark red, tomatoes in puree. I think part of what also makes the sauce so great is if it already comes in puree. Others may just be canned in juice so won't be as rich or thick after cooking. Anyhow...I'm happy to report that after an hour of simmering with the requisite onion and butter this particular sauce tastes just as yummy as the Cento. The true test would have been if I'd cooked them side by side but I've got to stop producing so much tomato sauce :D
I would definitely use either this brand of the Cento in a heartbeat. The house smells yummy and I'm geared up for some simple pasta tonight!