As part of Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program, I received two complimentary jars of Bertolli Pasta Sauce for our family to sample. Since our household is well-versed in different types pasta sauce, we knew which metrics to measure Bertolli's Arrabiata pasta sauce by: (1) taste, (2) consistency and (3) quality of ingredients.
Taste. I tasted a spoonful Bertolli pasta sauce from the jar, and found that it had a nice integration of spices, vegetables and sweet notes that rounded out the natural acidity of tomato flavors.
Consistency. Pasta sauce should be thick enough to hold onto meat or pasta when cooked. Bertolli's pasta's consistency is thick enough to be considered a very good sauce. As you can see from the first picture, the sauce is by no means runny.
Ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised as I read all the ingredients on the back of Bertolli's label that no sugar or preservatives are added to the pasta sauce. The sauce is sweetened by carrot juice concentrate, and flavored by garlic, onions and spices, a big positive for anyone seeking to avoid sugar and preservatives.
Would I buy Bertolli pasta sauce? Yes. We do have a pasta sauce that we enjoy making from scratch, however for those busy nights, Bertolli makes a great substitute.