PDA

View Full Version : sweet sauce???


flaming yawn
01-28-2014, 11:55 AM
Help! My husband only likes sweet spaghetti sauce, I like spicy. Each time I buy a new sauce hoping it is a sweet one he takes a bite and says it isn't sweet enough. What a some good sweet pre-made sauces i.e. ragu, preggo etc...and what variety of them.

cher3
01-28-2014, 12:12 PM
Ragu is the sweetest one I've found. You know, you can just add sugar to whichever one you like best. I tend to do that with some other brands of sauce and even homemade sauce, because it cuts the acidity a bit.

DCnDC
01-28-2014, 12:18 PM
Get a few cans of Chef Boyardee and strain out the "pasta."

llcoolbj77
01-28-2014, 12:20 PM
Get a few cans of Chef Boyardee and strain out the "pasta."

:D

jrsone
01-28-2014, 12:32 PM
Del Grosso Pepperoni or Meat flavored sauce is a good brand that is kind of sweet, but it may be hard to find, I don't know how wide spread it is. Anyhow, you may just have to add sugar to taste.

pulykamell
01-28-2014, 12:58 PM
I'd say Prego. You should be able to roughly estimate sweetness by looking at the labels and checking the nutrional content. Look under "sugars." The regular Ragu has about 6g sugars per 1/2 cup, and Prego Traditional has 10g.

carnivorousplant
01-28-2014, 01:14 PM
Mrs. Plant (v.3.0) does not like my sauce made from paste because it is too sweet for her.
Try making sauce from paste using your own spices.

rjk
02-01-2014, 02:49 AM
Better than any of the suggestions above: Make your own from canned diced tomatoes, onion and herbs of choice, divide between two pots, and sweeten one to his taste (sugar or honey), spice one to yours. Do a big batch of each if you like and freeze in serving-size containers. (Freezer bags are wonderful!) If using bags, drop one of each into the pasta water as you begin, or microwave them until hot.

AskNott
02-01-2014, 10:31 AM
Gosh, can't you just stir some sugar into whatever sauce you bought? You can stir in some diced peaches; once they get coated with red sauce you don't even see 'em.

carnivorousplant
02-01-2014, 10:45 AM
You can stir in some diced peaches; once they get coated with red sauce you don't even see 'em.

Good gad! :eek:

panache45
02-02-2014, 11:08 PM
I occasionally get a yen for sweeter pasta sauce, and I stir in some crushed mango.

dracoi
02-02-2014, 11:27 PM
Does he actually want sweet (like literally adding sugar) or is he looking for something less acidic? The two may be related, but you can control both sweetness and acidity somewhat independently.

For sweetness, think about adding roasted garlic and caramelized onions. Both add sweetness to the sauce, but unlike sugar, you'll get other flavors as well. Wine can also work.

To control acidity, I'm told that roasting your tomatoes in the oven before making sauce out of them is one way to start.

bump
02-03-2014, 01:11 PM
Seems to me that the division is sweet / spicy according to the OP.

That said, pretty much any tomato/basil sauce is going to be relatively sweet when compared to something like an arrabbiata, although not necessarily "sweet" in an absolute sense.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@straightdope.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright 2018 STM Reader, LLC.