Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce
Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce is a real treat and for two of the sauces I received well worth the cost of shipping and then some as they are fresh tasting, homemade and delicious.
Just how good is it: 18/25
Looks can be deceiving and taste is definitely personal so I was not surprised when out of the three of Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauces I received one was just not to my liking. Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauces are homemade recipes of pasta sauces and a few new ones may not be to everyone’s taste.
Dave’s Gourmet is a company that started while Dave Hirschkop owned a restaurant called Burrito Madness in Maryland but problems arose from drunk customers. Dave found that unruly customers could be quelled by hot sauce, the hotter the better so he started his own line of hot sauces.
When he won an award for the hottest sauce, now banned because it is too hot, at the National Fiery Foods Show in New Mexico he had a winner on his hands. He continued to create his own unique hot sauces and after selling the restaurant he went on to create Dave’s Gourmet with not only hot sauces but other homemade recipes.
Dave’s specializes in homemade tastes from popcorn and pasta sauces to his humorously packaged hot sauces all with mild to insanely hot flavors. Dave’s sells spices, salts, a couple of mustards and a jelly, popcorns and nuts along with the full lines of hot sauces and pasta sauces.
I received three jars of pasta sauce from Dave’s for reviewing and loved two of the three, the third, Masala Marinara which is a tomato based sauce with coconut milk, lime juice and lime leaf to give it a unique taste was not to my liking. The Butternut Squash is fantastic along with the Red Heirloom Pasta Sauce that I received for a great package of Dave’s Sauces that really gave me a good sampling of their products.
The three sauces come well packaged and with plenty of padding in a cardboard box with bubble wrap and packing peanuts around the three jars which were separated from each other in bubble wrap. The box came in an outer cardboard box, two card board boxes, so the package was well cared for in packing and shipping which is one thing I concern myself with when reviewing a food.
The three sauces come in 25.5 ounce jars and are a clear glass with a nice plain white label and a picture of the main ingredient on the label. The three sauces are labeled as what I would consider noticeably or strikingly plain which to me stands out in my opinion.
I like the plain white label as I think this stands out more than a brightly colored label with a variety of the ingredients or cooked dishes on them like lots of grocery store sauces have. I think people are often overcome with too many images and clutter on labels and even websites as plain can be just as striking and eye catching as bright colors or flashy designs.
The Red Heirloom Organic Pasta Sauce was the first sauce I tried on simple noodles, homemade noodles which I figured was the only way to try these great sauces. I next tried the Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce on some nice cheese raviolis in a meal with chicken breasts and mixed vegetables.
The last was the Masala Marinara Pasta Sauce again with homemade noodles but made to be fine angel hair pasta instead of the previous spaghetti noodles. The three sauces are quite different and striking in their own way and were the perfect examples of Dave’s sauces, two more classic but very different red sauces and a unique sauce that is sweet and savory.
The Red Heirloom Sauce, like most of Dave’s products uses organic and natural ingredients for their sauces and the Red Heirloom is your traditional tomato sauce with tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic and spices. The Red Heirloom tastes much like a fantastic tomato sauce you would get at a restaurant but it comes in a jar.
The Red Heirloom has a rich tomato taste with chunks of red tomatoes and onions for a great sauce that is fantastic for plain noodles and sauce or to use in dishes. The Red Heirloom is your traditional pasta sauce that is a fantastic tasting sauce with rich tomato flavor and much better than any store bought sauce I have tried.
The Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce is a sweeter sauce made from butternut squash, tomato paste, red bell pepper, celery, onions and spices. The Butternut Squash sauce is a sweeter sauce but is still a savory flavor with the vegetables and pasta base that tasted great with the more expensive ravioli I used with it.
The Butternut Squash sauce would make a great sauce for a wide variety of dishes with its slightly sweet taste complimenting the dish in ways a tomato based sauce would not. The Butternut Squash is a taste that is not all that different and is one just about anyone should like, my whole family did very much.
The Masala Marinara Pasta Sauce is an odder taste with its tomatoes, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, lime, onions, lemongrass and spices. The taste is one that reminds me of some Mexican dishes with its lime taste but could also be South Asian from the Masala spice used in the sauce.
All the sauces are made from fresh ingredients and have the taste to prove it, they are made with no preservatives other than natural ones like citric acid and salt. They are also gluten free and the ingredients are pretty simple with nothing chemical sounding in the lists of ingredients.
I did not care for the Masala sauce but the other two are a definite hit in my family as well as ones I will be ordering again, I just wish I could find them at a local store. These are the kinds of sauces that you order for special occasions like parties, anniversaries, holidays and of course as gifts.
Dave’s Gourmet pasta sauces are a treat and for two of the three I tried well worth the cost of $10 per bottle and more for shipping. Depending on where you order your sauces and the quantity you order shipping will start at about $10 but if you order more bottles it will not go up much.
I checked out a couple stores from Amazon and others to find if you order one bottle shipping is about $10 but if you order three it only adds a dollar or two. While this is a bit expensive for pasta sauce it is well worth it for a sauce that is truly gourmet in taste and would make a great treat from time to time.
Check out Dave’s award winning Gourmet Sauces and more at Dave’s Gourmet website that is also available at Amazon and other gourmet food stores.