While I love a good homemade tomato sauce as much as anybody, the honest truth is that I typically rely on jarred sauces for my weeknight meals. (I feel better now that I have confessed this to you.) When I was at the Fancy Foods Show this past June I discovered a new line of fantastic sauces called Vino de Milo. The sauces are wine-based sauces made with all natural ingredients and no added sugars. When I do make a homemade tomato sauce, I usually add a splash of wine, so the flavors in these sauces were particularly appealing. There was no acidic "winey" flavor that you get if you add too much wine; it seemed like just the right amount to add richness and balance the other seasonings.
Of course, I tasted all the varieties and liked them all, but I think my favorites were the the Four-Herb Malbec Marinara and the Tuscan Merlot. There's also a Mediterranean Pinot Grigio, Portobello Shiraz, and a Roasted Garlic Chianti. The wine really makes these distinctive sauces stand out from some of the other jarred sauces on the market. So far I've used them in spaghetti sauce, pizza, and a goat cheese gratin, but there are plenty of other options. I often advise people to keep some jarred pasta sauce in the pantry because it's a versatile ingredient for quick and easy dinners. Believe me, I'll be stocking up on some Vino de Milo!
The other thing I love about these sauces is the artwork on the label. It's bright and colorful and reminds me of Julia Child in the kithchen with wine glass in one hand and a bottle in the other hand that she's pouring into the pan. Just looking at these jars makes me feel happy and inspired to cook. Check out "7 Ways with Jarred Pasta Sauce" for a little inspiration. Let me know about some of your favorite "go-to" ingredients for weeknight suppers.