We Taste Tested Keto-Friendly Pasta Sauces & This One Was the Best

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In case you missed it, we recently had a team retreat and taste tested tons of Keto food productsincluding pasta sauce, protein bars, chocolate, cheese crisps, and more!

With that said, there were FOUR pasta sauces that were taste tested by six of our team members! Yep – we tasted these and then voted on which one we liked best. So fun!

opened jars of marinara on a bar stool

Here are the keto pasta sauces we tried:

    • Ragu Simply Pasta Sauce
      2.5g Fat | 8g Net Carbs | 2g Protein | Serving Size 1/2 cup
      Ingredients: Tomato puree (water, tomato paste), olive oil, salt, onions, carrots, dehydrated onions, garlic powder, onion powder, spices.
    • Rao’s Pasta Sauce
      8g Fat | 4g Net Carbs | 1g Protein | Serving Size 1/2 cup
      Ingredients: Italian whole peeled tomatoes, olive oil, fresh onions, salt, fresh garlic, fresh basil, black pepper and dried oregano.
    • Yo Momma’s Pasta Sauce
      4.5g Fat | 4g Net Carbs | 1g Protein | Serving Size 1/2 cup
      Ingredients: Fresh non-GMO tomatoes, fresh onions, fresh garlic, Organic chicken stock, white wine, olive oil, fresh basil, salt, dried oregano, black pepper.
    • Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce
      1.5g Fat | 5g Net Carbs | 1g Protein | Serving Size 1/2 cup
      Ingredients: Organic tomatoes, water, organic carrots, organic onions, organic tomato paste, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic evaporated cane juice, organic garlic, organic spices, and sea salt.

raos pasta sauce in store

After tasting all four of these pasta sauces, we discovered that Rao’s pasta sauce was the most popular for us with three out of six votes! This pasta sauce is well balanced, made with all the right ingredients, and is so good!

However, Ragu Simply came in second with two out of six votes. Although, we weren’t very excited about this one having the highest carb count.

AND… Collin had a different opinion than all of us and voted for Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce!

Oh, and by the way, you may want to refrain from trying Yo Momma’s pasta sauce – unless you like salt-less seafood tasting pasta sauce. This sauce was one that most of us did not like. However, from looking at all the positive 5-star reviews on Amazon, you may still want to give it a try. I guess we all have different taste buds.

dave's gourmet marinara sauce

Price estimates:

Rao's Homemade Vodka Sauce in a jar

Rao’s sells various sauces including marinara, vodka, alfredo, and pizza sauce!

This pasta sauce is on the pricier side, so if you spot it on sale at your local grocery stores or Whole Foods, you may want to consider stocking up!

Here’s what our team thinks:

I love Rao’s! It makes me feel like I am eating at a high-class Italian restaurant but from the comfort of my own home! I also love the one that is spicy and has a kick to it! -Amber 

Even though it’s a bit pricey, I love Rao’s since it tastes like actual homemade pasta sauce. The flavors are super well balanced and it isn’t overly sweet like some brands can be. -Emily

It’s on the pricier side, but it doesn’t have the fillers that a lot of other sauces do and tastes closer to homemade than other name brand sauces. -Cassandra

I LOVE Rao’s – it is my favorite go-to pasta sauce right now! Even though it is a more expensive option, the ingredients are on point and it is tasty! -Erica

Use your fave marinara to make these stuffed bell pepper lasagna boats! SO good.

About the writer:

Erica has years of experience as a keto adherent and content specialist. She loves trying new recipes and creates Facebook live videos to help others cook healthy, yummy meals. Connect with Erica on LinkedIn

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Comments 15

  1. Kristi S.

    Thank you for including price points! I live in a small town, work in a larger town with more options, but no Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods for almost 90 miles!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You are SO welcome! Super glad that was helpful!

  2. H

    I’m surprised you didn’t do the Aldi one too! It is 5g carb I believe and tastes great!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Thanks a bunch for the recommendation! This was just a small sampling of low carb sauces. We didn’t get to try that one since there are no Aldi locations in Idaho, where we did the taste test.

  3. Steve

    I tried Rao’s last week on spaghetti squash with ground beef, mushrooms, and black olives.
    Oh Yeah it was gooood!!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so glad to hear that, Steve!

  4. Steve

    PS. It was$8.99 at Lowe’s Foods in NC

  5. E.Jimenez

    We like Specially Selected Pasta Sauce, Marinara from Aldi – $2.79
    90 Calories per 1/2 cup serving , 7 g Fat, 5g Carbs, 1g protein

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your favorite with us!

  6. Tricia

    Selling it at Costco!

  7. Wendy

    Great article…..thank you. Learned lots. And will check out your recipes!
    Here in Vancouver Rao Pasta Sauce is $13 per jar! Ugh!
    Can’t get across the border to Trader Joes! Stay safe!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      So expensive! Sorry!

  8. Krista Ponce de Leon

    Harder to find but by far our favorite! Italo’s Gourmet pasta sauce is super tasty and lo carb, lo sugar and lo sodium (my dad is diabetic also). $5.74 at walmart.com. My favorite is the Spicy but they have a few flavors. I think they also sell direct on their own website but you have to buy 4 jars.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for that recommendation!

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