I first bought a jar of this on my first trip to TJ's when its Asheville store opened. I was interested in trying a wide variety of their wares, and since I tend to make myself a lot of pasta, this seemed an obvious choice.
However, it was up against a roughly 25-year habit of using essentially nothing but Prego brand spaghetti sauce. I've occasionally tried others, but nothing could knock off the king of this particular little hill.
But I have to admit that TJ's Tomato Basil Marinara comes close. I've bought about half a dozen jars of it over the past year. I still prefer Prego by a little bit, but I'm perfectly happy to use this instead--and I do whenever spaghetti is on the menu for a dinner with Nina, since I know she prefers it to Prego.
Will I buy it again?
Of course. This isn't quite a Top Ten item, but it's very good.
No arguing that I think TJs marinara is better than Prego. But I'm afraid that's a little like saying I prefer root canal to leg amputation.
Okay, hyperbole abuse, my bad.
The reality is it's a perfectly decent prepared spaghetti sauce. But I grew up in a home where my Mom made spaghetti sauce the way she'd learned to do it IN ITALY. So: spoiled. Every now and then I'll make a big vat of red sauce for myself, à la Mama. For what it's worth, of the canned stuff I think Paul Newman's Own takes the prize.