The Taste Team rated the following marinara sauces on taste, texture and appearance using a 1-10 scale (1 = poor; 10 = excellent).
1. Buitoni (refrigerated)
Average score: 7.2
Price: $2.99/15 ounces
Comments: Good hearty flavor with hint of olive oil. Visible herbs. Spices just right. Sweet.
2. Barilla (jarred)
Average score: 6.8
Price: $1.99/26 ounces
Comments: Nice chunks of tomato. Mild flavor. A lot of oregano.
3. Kroger Private Selection "Garden Marinara" (refrigerated)
Average score: 6.3
Price: $3.29/15 ounces
Comments: Very fresh. Chunky. Looks homemade.
4. Delallo "Fat Free" (jarred)
Average score: 5.8
Price: $3.59/26 ounces
Comments: Tart. Small chunks. Natural tomato flavor.
5. Muir Glen Organic "Cabernet Marinara" (jarred)
Average score: 5.7
Price: $2.50/25.5 ounces
Comments: Sweet flavor. Dark and thick. Looks too red.
6. Bertolli Marinara with Burgundy Wine (jarred)
Average score: 5.6
Price: $2.89/26 ounces
Comments: Robust flavor with some sweetness and tartness. Thin texture. Looks pureed.
7. Trader Joe's "Organic" Marinara (jarred)
Average score: 5.5
Price: $1.99/25 ounces
Comments: Nice and thick. Bland. Tomato chunks.
8. Classico "Sweet Basil" Marinara (jarred)
Average score: 5.3
Price: $2.69/26 ounces
Comments: Very sweet. Very tomatoey. Onion flavor.
9. Newman's Own (jarred)
Average score: 4.7
Price: $2.69/26 ounces
Comments: Thick and smooth. Nothing special. Just a sauce.
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