The 9 Best Jarred Marinaras You Can Buy in Grocery Stores

The grocery store shelves are loaded with options, so how are you supposed to know what to choose? We tasted the top brands and have advice. Check for your go-to—and see if it’s time to get saucy and grab a new jar.


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Barilla Marinara

Barilla Marinara

Photo courtesy of Barilla

Photo courtesy of Barilla

Flavor: Has a great balance between sweetness and acidity.

Best with: It’s rich enough to cling well, so go with a long noodle, like fettuccine.

Cost: $2.49 for 24 ounces    


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Bertolli Traditional Marinara

Bertolli Traditional Marinara

Photo courtesy of Bertolli

Photo courtesy of Bertolli

Flavor: Delivers a lot of roasted notes, which makes it great for things you don’t have time to simmer all day.

Best with: Try it as part of a quick Bolognese—try our 30-minute recipe.

$2.99 for 24 ounces  


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Buitoni Marinara Sauce

Buitoni Marinara Sauce

Photo courtesy of Buitoni

Photo courtesy of Buitoni

Flavor: Found in the refrigerator section, this one is light and fresh.

Best with: Pair it with angel hair and shrimp.

Cost: $4.99 for 15 ounces


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Classico Tomato & Basil

Classico Tomato & Basil

Photo courtesy of Classico

Photo courtesy of Classico

Flavor: Classico packs in the chunky veggies and basil.

Best with: It’s perfect for a veggie lasagna.

Cost: $2.65 for 24 ounces


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Giovanni Rana Marinara Sauce

Giovanni Rana Marinara Sauce

Photo courtesy of Giovanni

Photo courtesy of Giovanni

Flavor: Another refrigerated sauce, Giovanni Rana is nicely acidic with a slight hint of heat.

Best with: Toss it with ravioli to balance a rich filling with the bright tomato flavor.

Cost: $3.99 for 15 ounces


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Muir Glen Classic Marinara

Muir Glen Classic Marinara

Photo courtesy of Muir Glen

Photo courtesy of Muir Glen

Flavor: It has great seasoning and is salty in the best way.

Best with: We wanted to match it with mild, pillowy gnocchi.

Cost: $3.49 for 25.5 oz.


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Prego Farmer’s Market Classic Marinara

Prego Farmer’s Market Classic Marinara

Photo courtesy of Prego

Photo courtesy of Prego

Flavor: This one is for the garlic lovers; it’s wonderfully savory.

Best with: It will stand up to the heavy cheese in a baked ziti.

Cost: $3.99 for 23.5 ounces


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Ragu Old World Style Marinara

Ragu Old World Style Marinara

Photo courtesy of Ragu

Photo courtesy of Ragu

Flavor: It's a smooth, classic sauce.

Best with: It had us planning an easy-peasy pizza—check out these 10 pizza recipes.

Cost: $1.99 for 24 ounces


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Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce

Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce

Photo courtesy of Rao's

Photo courtesy of Rao's

Flavor: It has a long-simmered flavor that reminded us of Parmesan rinds and grandma

Best with: Ideal for slow cooking some meatballs—we've got six tasty recipes here.

Cost: $8.99 for 24 ounces