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Best Pasta Sauce Brands

2012 Food Awards

People hardly have time to make dinner, much less their own pasta sauce, making store bought the next best thing. Like any other processed food at the store, all of those tomatoes can't mask other additives like sodium and sugars. We certainly wanted to know which sauce tasted the best, but we were also interested in knowing which would make a healthful pasta dinner.

Nutrition Criteria

< 70 calories, 0 trans fat, < 4g fat, < .5g saturated fat, > 2g fiber, < 480mg sodium, < 8g sugar, > 10% of the Daily Value of one or more of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium.


  1. Ragu Mushroom: This met our nutritional guidelines except it did not offer as many vitamins as the winner of this category.

  2. Muir Glen Organic Garlic Roasted: This was the only organic pasta sauce we found, but it still had more sodium than the winning pasta sauce.

  3. Barilla Tuscan Herb: This met all of our criteria except it had 770mg of sodium, clearly over the recommended amount.

  4. Newman's Own Garden Peppers: This is a healthy option, especially because of its use of natural ingredients, but it had 440mg of sodium.

Click next to see the winner.

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