The Secret Ingredient to Our Authentic, Premium Tomato Sauces

December 30, 2015
by Courtney Wissot for Thrive Market
The Secret Ingredient to Our Authentic, Premium Tomato Sauces

Thrive Market has high expectations when it comes to tomato sauce. To be worthy of the Thrive Market label, it has to be made from premium, sustainably sourced ingredients that lend it an irresistible flavor second to none. In the world of tomato sauces, that means San Marzano plum tomatoes sourced straight from Italy.

Unlike the highly concentrated, made-in-China paste found in many store-bought cans, Thrive Market uses organic tomatoes that are grown and hand-picked near San Marzano, a region underneath Mount Vesuvius. The area is famous for cultivating what has been touted as “the most important industrial tomato of the twentieth century.”

Grown to have a high ratio of flesh to seeds and juice, the long, skinny plum variety is naturally sweet, low in acid, vibrant in color, and firm in texture. In other words, they’re the perfect ingredient for pasta and pizza sauces.

Of course, we didn’t stop there. We seasoned and simmered it to perfection with organic ingredients from Italy, Spain, and California—like olive oil, fresh garlic, and onions. Each ingredient is sautéed in olive oil, then slow-kennel cooked. The entire process from start to finish takes two hours, and the result is an old-world, traditional taste that rivals even Nonna’s family recipe!

Thrive Market offers four mouthwatering, homemade-tasting flavors: Tomato Basil, Marinara, Roasted Garlic, and Tuscan Pepper. Crack open a jar to amp up all your sauce-based favorites from pasta dishes to baked fish to braised short ribs. Buon appetito!

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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