Picking the Perfect Pasta Sauce

If you have been down our pasta sauce aisle, you know there are tons to choose from. Did you know we carry over 150 different varieties of pasta, tomato and marinara sauces? How do you choose one of the better ones? At Market Street, we like to use NuVal to Trade Up our choices. Higher scores mean better nutrition.

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Why does Ragu trump Bertolli nutritionally? Here's the breakdown:
Per 1/2 cup, Ragu has less calories, less total fat, less sodium, more fiber, less sugars, and more vitamin C. While Bertolli does have more vitamin A, calcium and iron; the fat and sodium really bring the score down.

Bertolli (per 1/2 cup)
Calories: 80, Total Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 500g, Total Carbohydrates: 14g, Dietary Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 12g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 15%, Vitamin C: 10%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 10%
Ingredients: Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes, Burgundy Wine, Onions, Sugar, Salt, Bertolli Olive Oil, Garlic, Basil, Spice, Parsley.

Ragu (per 1/2 cup)
Calories: 60, Total Fat: 1.5g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 410mg, Total Carbohydrate: 10g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 10g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 10%, Vitamin C: 20%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 4%
Ingredients: Tomato puree (water, tomato paste), basil, sugar, salt, soybean oil, tomato fiber, dehydrated onions, onion powder, garlic powder, romano cheese (part-skim milk), cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), spices, citric acid, natural flavor. 


  1. How do they compare in price? Do you have to pay more for the higher-scoring one?

  2. Great question! The Bertolli Pasta Sauce is $3.19 per jar while the Ragu Pasta is $1.89. That means you get better nutrition at a better price!