I'm sure you've been seeing Giada's smiling face all over Target commercials lately. Honestly, when I noticed her new line of products on store shelves, I thought she was a bit of a sell-out. How many celebrity chefs do we really need to pimp their own products? How good can this stuff really be?
Then I noted that Giada's own red sauce was only around $2.50 a jar, low by even Prego or Ragu standards. I decided to give it a go.
On this particular evening, we sampled Giada's creamy tomato sauce. You should know that I always "fortify" my jarred sauces with one sautéed onion, one crushed garlic clove, a splash of balsamic vinegar, a touch of cream, a sprinkling of oregano and red pepper flakes---somehow that combination of flavors tends to take the "jar" flavor away. I also added one pound of lean ground beef to the sauce.
Based on my hubby's silence during dinner and the nonexistent leftovers, I'd say Giada's sauce was a success. Often jarred sauces are too sugary or too runny. This sauce seemed as though I had labored over it all day. Mama mia!!
So, next time you need a quick weeknight pasta dinner, ask Giada for a little help. Grazie mille, Giada!