Beyond Marinara: A Pasta-Sauce Primer

Three delicious store-bought sauces worth a taste.

By Kate Merker
Bowl of spaghettiJohn Kernick


Prepare yourself―chili peppers give this sauce some heat.
RS pick: Bella Cucina Farmhouse Sugo All' Arrabbiata Sauce, $18 for a 23-ounce jar,


The ingredients in this assertive southern Italian sauce vary but usually include some combination of capers, olives, and anchovies.
RS pick: Scarpetta Puttanesca, $7 for a 20-ounce container, for stores.


The addition of vodka and cream makes for a velvety sauce.
RS pick: Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Sauce, $7 for a 20-ounce container.


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