Every kitchen cupboard needs a jar of ready-made tomato sauce, to whip up a quick plate of pasta when you haven't got time to make a sauce from scratch. We tested a cross-section of some of the options available in one local supermarket.
Tesco Finest Pomodorini Tomato Sauce 350g, €3.45 9/10
Really intense tomato flavour, with small cherry tomatoes giving bursts of pure tomato. Good consistency too. The winner.
Ballymaloe Italian Tomato Sauce 380g, €3.49 8/10
Yasmin Hyde, Myrtle Allen's daughter, is responsible for this very good looking, thick, and chunky sauce. The onions are very much to the fore and taste just chopped. A bit too sweet though.
Loyd Grossman Tomato & Basil Sauce 350g, €1.50 (special offer) 7/10
Really pronounced basil taste, nice colour and consistency. Fair price for a decent, basic product.
The Scullery Tomato & Basil Tomato Sauce 360g, €2.99 5/10
The dried oregano aftertaste lingers. The sauce looks good and is not too sweet. It is fat free, which is not necessarily a good thing. A glug of good olive oil would not have gone amiss.
Tesco Tomato & Basil Sauce 350g, €2 4/10
Nice colour and chunky texture. Over-sweet though.
Tesco Everyday Value Pasta Sauce 440g, €0.60 2/10
This has a very watery consistency and the smell and taste of dried herbs are overwhelming. It's very sweet. Not good, but very cheap.