What can I say about this side of things? End of term about killed me last week and weekend, so this week I think I spent it trying to gather strength and energy again. I'm not sure what was up with that first term, but I was so burned out that I couldn't get enough sleep or rest enough to feel back to normal. What's up with that? Things are looking up though with a nice weekend relaxing and NO grading in sight. I'm feeling a bit more back to myself.
Now, I usually just make my own sauce from my home canned tomatoes because I have a bit of a sensitivity to acidic tomatoes (supposedly, I'm allergic to them?), but I do fine if the product is high quality and canned when it's fully ripe. Anyway, I thought I'd try out these sauces for those last minute dinners or baked pasta dish I want to whip up. Here are my results.
Mario Batali's Tomato Basil
- Flavor: Very light and slightly tangy back taste.
- Color: Also, very light, which might mean the tomatoes have been thinned out or canned before fully ripe?
- Basil-ness: That basil flavor is pretty light. In fact, it seems to be a bit thinned out.
- Toothiness Quotient: When applied to the pasta, it sticks nicely and has more of a fresh tomato flavor to it that makes the pasta taste a bit like a cheaper brand.
- Flavor: Nice a deep, robust flavor. This literally tastes like it's been cooking on your stove all day, developing a richness that doesn't taste like it could be bottled.
- Color: Even from the picture above, you can see that it's a beautiful, dark color. It's a glorious dark red, with bits of basil and parsley leaves (obviously fresh) throughout.
- Basil-ness: It was a perfect balance. The sauce was so rich that the basil was more of a compliment than anything.
- Toothiness Quotient: When I tried it out on penne, it coated it delightfully, so spaghetti turned out even better.
If you're a bit cheap when it comes to sauces, which I've been since college, I have to at least say you should bite the bullet and try Rao's. I'll be keeping this sauce around for quick dinner emergencies or a nice baked pasta.
Weekend Cooking is a great, weekly post run by Beth Fish Reads. There are some really great food-related posts there. Stop by to check out other great posts from this weekend.