Our Favorite Marinara Sauce Is $3 Cheaper at Aldi
I spend a lot of time in grocery stores in my dual role as a parent and professional recipe developer. A supermarket stop is never just an in-and-out affair, because I stroll slowly through each aisle, eyeing new products and checking prices on my go-to groceries. I make sure to shop at stores of all sizes, from big-box warehouses to local natural grocers, and one of my favorite places to shop is Aldi.
These features help Aldi keep prices low, making it the best place to shop when budget is as important as quality. Last week as I zipped through the store and, when picking up almond milk for my morning coffee and pasta for dinner, I spotted something shocking. It was a pallet of brand-name pasta sauce that, until now, I had never seen at Aldi: 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 canned and jarred tomato taste test. 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 — neither too sweet nor too acidic.
At other grocery stores, a jar of Rao’s can cost close to $10, so the $6.88 price tag at Aldi stopped me in my tracks. I grabbed multiple jars, and I suggest 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.