If this sauce isn't already a staple in your pantry, it really should be. 

By Corey Williams
September 21, 2018
Newman's Own

I’m not ashamed to say I love a good shortcut. Whether it be on the road or in the kitchen, I’ll almost always take the faster route.

My mother is of the opinion that good things take time—she’s disappointed when a recipe calls for fewer than 10 ingredients or if a meal’s prep time is shorter than 20 minutes.

Despite my upbringing, I wholeheartedly disagree. Sometimes the quickest way is not only more convenient, but better.

Bearing that in mind, I’m about to let you in on surprisingly well-kept secret that will change your life for the better: Sockarooni Sauce. If this $2 Newman’s Own classic isn’t a staple in your pantry, it really should be.

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I discovered my love for the sauce in college. I was desperate for pizza, but too lazy to go out and buy the ingredients for an entirely from-scratch pie and too broke to order delivery. So, I used what I had on hand: a piece of pita bread, shredded mozzarella cheese and Sockarooni Sauce. I’m not sure why I had it in the first place. I probably just hurriedly threw a random tomato sauce in my grocery cart.

What I expected to be a wholly forgettable late-night snack turned into one of my favorite quick and easy dinners of all time—and that’s 100 percent thanks to the Sockarooni.

This sauce is the perfect blend of tomatoes, peppers and spices. It tastes better than homemade. Well, anything I’d make at home, at least.

Since that fateful night in college, I haven’t bought any other tomato sauce. Call me crazy, but I even use it when a recipe calls for marinara. I’d never dream of using jarred pizza sauce again.

Based on the way I rave about it, you may think I have some sort of vested interest in Newman’s Own products or the tomato sauce industry in general. I really don’t. I’m not being paid by the company and I’m not being blackmailed by Paul Newman’s relatives.

This stuff is just too good not to share.

Sorry, mom.