Add Sauteed Vegetables To Make Store-Bought Pasta Sauce Taste Homemade

Add Sauteed Vegetables To Make Store-Bought Pasta Sauce Taste Homemade

Homemade pasta sauce is the best, but few of us have the time to make it regularly. When you want a fresher, more unique taste than what you can find in a store-bought sauce, you can add some sauteed vegetables to bring out a crisp flavour.

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WonderHowTo writer Gabrielle Taylor explains:

Dice up some vegetables and sauté them in a little oil before adding the sauce. Onions, capsicum, carrots and garlic are all good, but you can throw in pretty much anything you like. The key is to have some kind of fresh vegetable to make it taste and look like fresh homemade sauce.

If you need something even quicker, however, she also suggests tossing in some greens such as spinach, kale, or basil strips before you’re done heating the sauce. That takes a little less time and adds some healthy freshness without much effort. For more tips on spicing up store-bought sauce, check out the full post over at WonderHowTo.

10 Easy Tricks to Make Store-Bought Pasta Sauce Taste Homemade [WonderHowTo]


  • Unfortunately I don’t think a few vegetables are going to take away the syrupy sweetness of store-bought pasta sauce, they’re loaded with so much sugar it’s revolting. Blech.

  • If you’re going to add your own vegetables anyway, skip the sauce and just use a tin of diced tomatoes. A fraction of the cost and (probably) much healthier.

  • Guys,


    If you want to make a GOOD QUALITY supermarket pasta sauce (Barilla not that shitty Dolmio crap) taste homemade, its simple…

    The basis of every quality Italian meal starts with a clove or two of garlic finely chopped and a half an onion or less finely chopped, fry that in extra virgin olive oil til it becomes transparent (2-3 mins)

    Then simply add the Barilla sauce… mix through, allow to simmer for 15…

    In that time you may add kalamata olives, tuna, ricotta cheese… what ever the hell you like… My secret is a LITTLE chili, everyone will ask what that flavour is if your put a minute amount in…

    Cooking good quality food is not hard, its daunting because majority of you have never been subjugated to food, merely food like substances…

    With regards to what Dman said, he is spot on.. ditch the shitty sauce (unless barilla) and use diced tomatoes. To sweeten add vino or a touch of sugar…

    Cook with your heart, dont follow precise measurements of salt, pepper etc… FEEL the flavours when you are cooking 😉

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