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Prego Reveals Their First-Ever Vegan ‘Meat Sauce’

Photo Courtesy of Campbell’s

Italian Pasta Sauce brand Prego is hitting a major meatless milestone this summer with the debut of their newest vegan sauce.

The Prego Plus Plant Protein line is now offering a Meatless Meat Sauce that boasts a meaty taste and texture entirely without animal products.

Instead, consumers will find soy crumbles within the tomato-based pasta sauce.

The jars are currently being shipped to retailers nationwide this summer, reports VegNews. Expect to see them in the pasta sauce aisle of your favorite grocery stores.

For anyone practicing a vegan diet but want to enjoy the consistency of a meat sauce, this is something to check out.


Why You Should Add Butter To Your Pasta Sauce

Photo: Shutterstock / Kiian Oksana

A great pasta sauce is all about balance. To achieve this elusive quality, chefs and home cooks toil for hours over the stove sweating the sharpness out of onions, slowly reducing stocks and softening fresh vegetables. But this three-ingredient red sauce recipe from a world renowned cookbook writer turns all of these sauce-making techniques upside down thanks to one secret: butterHere’s our favorite brand.

How to Make Marcella Hazan’s Super-Easy Pasta Sauce

Marcella Hazan is best known for bringing Italian home cooking to the United States. (These are some of our favorite Italian dishes to make at home.) Her best known recipe is also one of her most unconventional. It’s not often that you can develop the flavors of a classic Italian dish in less than an hour with just three ingredients and some salt, but this one really is that easy.

Step 1

Cut a whole, peeled onion in half and throw it in a sauce pot. Add five tablespoons of butter and a 28 ounce can of peeled, whole tomatoes.

Step 2

Bring ingredients to a simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon and gently break tomatoes as they become soft.

Step 3

Remove and discard onion and salt to taste before tossing with pasta.

In under an hour, you have a velvety delicious sauce good enough to impress at a dinner party, made from ingredients that are often already on hand.

My Taste Test

I went to the store with the shortest grocery list I’ve ever used the night I was making Hazan’s sauce. (For more recipes with just a handful of ingredients, check out these dinners with five ingredients or less.) Heading home with my extra-light shopping bag, I was skeptical about how four ingredients could make a world-famous meal.

The recipe required almost nothing in the way of work, I just tossed the ingredients in and stirred on commercial breaks while I caught up on The Bachelorette. Just over an hour later, my first taste completely erased all the doubts I had—this woman is clearly a genius.

Deep tomato flavor with none of the acidic bite was accompanied by a smooth, full mouthfeel from the butter. Stirring the pasta into the sauce I was stunned by how bright and vibrant red the sauce appeared compared to its more mellow flavor. The sauce is also very light in weight so it perfectly coated each piece of pasta (I was using linguini but you can make your own pasta). I didn’t miss the herbs or garlic from my typical sauce recipes at all.

My favorite part of making this sauce was actually eating the onion I removed from the pot. I just went at it with a fork, but I could see it being spread on some crostini for a perfect appetizer!

Why Butter Makes It Better

This recipe seems so convenient that it must be magical. But the real magic at work is the butter. The fat imparted by five whole tablespoons of butter mellows the acid from the fresh onion and the tomatoes. Because there is so much fat in the sauce, you don’t need to cook the onions to rid them of acidic bite.

Butter also acts as an emulsifier giving you a thick, velvety sauce without adding texture that is associated with olive oil. Olive oil is a classic Italian flavor, but it’s not one that you always want in a sauce, especially when showcasing bright tomato flavors. Butter helps all kinds of flavors shine, even sweets like these buttery dessert recipes.

Next time your homemade sauce is a touch too sharp after a taste test, stir in half tablespoons of butter until the bright flavors mellow a little. Then serve and send Marcella Hazan a thank you for saving dinner!

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Article by Mandy Naglich from Taste of Home. View the original article here.


Trader Joe’s Is About To Shake Your World Up With These 11 New Foods

Whenever Trader Joe’s announces a new item, we definitely have to try it out. The specialty grocery store chain has become one of the most popular supermarkets in the country.

Though let’s be honest, the majority of our Joe’s trips ends with us leaving with something to snack on. We can get fruits and veggies, wherever.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the newest things Trader Joe’s has added to their store shelves. Here you can check out all the latest additions all at once. There are definitely some winners we’re excited to try in this batch (BUTTERNUT GYOZA!).


Chocolate Mousse Whole Milk Greek Yogurt


Abondance Cheese


Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Gyoza


Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings


New England Clam Chowder


Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce


Rosemary Garlic Monkey Bread


Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix


Pumpkin Soup


Root Juice


Seasoned Wild King Salmon on a Cedar Plank



Ragú’s ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Commercial Ruins Our Favorite YouTube Video


Back in August,  adults and children alike tittered away with Ragú commercials capturing quintessential childhood moments. Now, they’re back with another attempt at adorable and funny, teaming up with the kids from the viral video Charlie Bit My Finger…Again!

Yet while the commercial isn’t as bad as walking in on your parents for the first time or having your hamster replaced by an imposter, it falls short of making any logical correlation between having your baby brother bite your finger and pasta. Playing on their familiar tagline that “A long day of childhood calls for America’s favorite pasta sauce,” the commercial doesn’t quite live up to it’s predecessors. Rather, we end up wondering when the jingle “Charlie bit my finger like a rabid possum, but dad kept on filming because he thought it was awesome” will end and why Ragú insisted on ruining one of our favorite YouTube videos.

Shame on you, Ragú.

The dandy commercial below:


Is Bon Jovi Hitting the Sauce?

Pasta sauce that is. Yes it’s true, the father of  the famous Jersey rocker has started his own line of pasta sauces, called Bongiovi Brand (Did you know that was Jon’s real last name?). What might seem a bit gimmicky at first, does have a history behind it, according to the brand’s website:

PASSED DOWN THREE GENERATIONS, the Bongiovi family recipe originated in the town of Sciacca, Sicily in the late 1800s. When Great Grandma Bongiovi would prepare the sauce, she made enough to feed the neighborhood. This tradition was passed to her son, which was then passed to his son and then passed again to his three sons in America.

Bongiovi Brand is only offering 3 different flavors at this time- Marinara, your old-school classic of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and Italian herbs. Garden style, which combines all your traditional flavors, with mushrooms and green peppers. The Arrabiata offering has a little kick if you’re feeling spicy.

At this time, it appears you can get your supply through their website, however jars are not sold individually but in packs of 3 or cases of 12. Or if you’re local to New Jersey, they seem to be offering it in select markets in the area.

Has anyone actually purchased and tried this product? If so, do you think Bongiovi gives sauce… a bad name?

Buy: Bonjiovi Brands $24-$96


Punk Rock Pasta Sauce

Straight from Brooklyn and probably the gutters in front of CBGB, comes Marky Ramone’s Own Pasta Sauce. If you don’t know who Marky Ramone is, well then you probably don’t listen to good music. The Ramones are considered one of the greatest bands of all time, and if this sauce reflects anything on their music then you know it’s gotta be good. You ask yourself, what does a drummer know about pasta sauce? Probably as much as you know about being in a famous punk band. The fact is it’s The Ramones and doesn’t matter, order up. (Thx CM)