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Good way to doctor up jar spaghetti sauce?

I started this thread several months ago, maybe not this original, but the same thing. I was desparate to find a tast, zesty ground meat sauce and I tried most of the suggestions. Now I have made my decision, most of everything said is bull corn! I am back to a bottle of Ragu with ground Italian sausage and onioin- not the heavily seasoned meat from sausages, just plain ground Italian suasage meat Some salt and pepper and that's the best sauce you can make period. I will say that I learned that ground hamburger does add to the bland, but other than that I learned very little, except, do your own thing, there's no such thing as an expert.

Oct 28, 2011
Limey1 in Home Cooking

Good way to doctor up jar spaghetti sauce?

Thank you everyone. I have used the Rao's but I too found it too expensive. I'm going to take Karl's point and try adding some whole canned tomatoes (diced). If that don't work I guess I'll have to break down and make some from scratch or get married.

May 27, 2011
Limey1 in Home Cooking

Good way to doctor up jar spaghetti sauce?

I usually brown the onions add garlic etc and then add the ground meat and when browned I add a can of tomato paste and the Prego sauce. The meat seems to overpower the tomato / marinara color and taste. I have added red pepper flakes and that hots it up, but it's still doesn't taste like a good tart marinara or pizza sauce.

May 26, 2011
Limey1 in Home Cooking

Good way to doctor up jar spaghetti sauce?

Very interesting however, every time I add the browned ground meat to my doctored jar of sauce (Prego etc) , it immeadiately becomes bland. I have tried adding tomato paste, but it still doesn't 'bite'. Do I need to add a dump truck full of paste or is there something else tart that i can add?

May 26, 2011
Limey1 in Home Cooking