Homemade Marinara Sauce from Aldi Rao – Cheap

I spend a lot of time in supermarkets in my dual role as a parent and professional recipe developer. A supermarket stop is never just an in-and-out affair, as I slowly stroll down each aisle, checking out new products and checking the prices of my groceries. I make sure to shop in stores of all shapes and sizes, from large warehouses to local natural grocers, and one of my favorite places to shop is Aldi.

Aldi is a quirky discount supermarket that is full of unexpected surprises. You need a quarter to release the shopping carts; the store’s small staff keep the tills moving thanks to elongated barcodes and a bag-your-own policy; and the aesthetic of the store is bare.

These features help Aldi keep prices low, making it the best place to shop when budget is just as important as quality. When I was running through the store last week and when I was picking up almond milk for my morning coffee and pasta for dinner, I saw something shocking. It was a pallet of branded pasta sauce that I had never seen at Aldi until now: Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce.

What makes Rao’s homemade marinara sauce so great?

Rao’s marinara sauce has earned a loyal following among Kitchn staffers and readers alike. The brand is a repeat winner in Kitchn Essentials and topped the charts in an extensive taste test of canned and canned tomatoes. The sauce is as close to homemade as you can get in a jar, with a short ingredient list: tomatoes, olive oil, onions, salt, garlic, basil, black pepper, and oregano. The sauce is well balanced – not too sweet and not too sour.

At other supermarkets, a jar of Rao’s can cost close to $10, so the $6.88 price tag at Aldi held me back. I have taken several jars and I recommend that you do the same.

Find it in stores: Rao’s Homemade Marinara or Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce, $6.88 for 24 ounces

Have you seen Rao’s at your local Aldi? Tell us in the comments below.

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