Product snapshot: Tomato pasta sauces

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 18 September 2023.
Tagged: healthy eating, Italian, nutrition, pasta, review, tomato, tomato pasta sauce

Product snapshot: Tomato pasta sauces
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What’s in your favourite tomato pasta sauce, and how much of it? Here are the most popular sauces reviewed for your reading pleasure.

I’ve rated nine of the most popular tomato pasta sauces in terms of their nutrition, ingredient lists and jar size. You’ll find many of these in your local supermarket. The sauces are ranked:

  • from Italian (Italy grows the reddest full-flavoured tomatoes) to Australian
  • per 100 grams, which is equivalent to 3½ ounces (the standard for comparing food products)
  • by serving size (varies between brands but is generally 100–175 g in size)
  • by ingredient list, jar size and where made (with each product’s website as the source)

The bottom line

When you’re next out shopping, run your eyes down the per 100 g column and look for products containing less than 400 mg sodium AND less than 5 g fat (which equals 5% fat). Most of the brands are below these levels. I like Barilla, Sacla, Leggo’s, La Gina and Mutti – but that’s just me!