Common ingredients in pasta sauces include: pureed tomatoes, water, oil, salt, sugar (glucose/fructose), herbs, spices, flavour, preservatives (sodium phosphate or calcium chloride or citric acid), stabilizers ( xanthan gum, gum arabic) and other ingredients depending on the sauce being made (cheese, vegetables, ground beef, alcohol, wine).
The actual ingredients added, vary from sauce to sauce and from brand to brand.
The sauce is usually heated and added to the pasta or spaghetti. It’s very convenient for a quick meal.
Most pasta sauces are higher in sodium compared to strained or crushed tomatoes. They also have preservatives and may have stabilizers like Xanthan gum or sugars (corn syrup).
Brands of Pasta Sauces
1. Classico Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
Nutrition facts per 125ml (½ cup) is as follows:
- Calories: 80
- Fats: 4.5 gram (saturated 1g)
- Cholesterol: 0 milligram
- Sodium: 550 milligram;
- Carbohydrate 8 gram (Fibre 2g);
- Sugars: 5 gram.
- Protein: 2 gram:
- Vitamin A 6% RDA
- Vitamin C 10% RDA
- Iron 8%. RDA
Ingredients: Tomato puree, tomatoes, tomato juice, water, soybean oil, cheeses (romano, parmesan, provolone, ricotta), salt, olive oil, dehydrated garlic, citric acid, pepper (black, red), spice, calcium chloride, lactic acid, butter (milk), sodium phosphate.