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Phantom Gourmet: Tomato Sauce Taste Test

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BOSTON (CBS) – The Phantom recently purchased four brands of tomato sauce with cheese at a local supermarket. The slow simmered contenders were Barilla, Bertolli, Francesco Rinaldi, and Prego.

Which one made it to the top of the food chain?

Prego Three Cheese finished in last place. This lackluster sauce had a thin consistency and an even thinner flavor. Worst of all, Phantom tasted virtually no cheese whatsoever. Prego may mean ‘you’re welcome’ in Italian, but Phantom just says ‘no thanks’ to this sauce.

Bertolli Five Cheese was another disappointment. With two more cheeses than the other competitors, Phantom had high hopes for this brand. Unfortunately all Bertolli delivered was a thin sauce with way to much salt and acidity.

The runner up is Francesco Rinaldi Three Cheese. This sauce scored points for its thick consistency, and big chunks of tomatoes in every bite. But when it came to flavor, it was way too sweet, which might be okay for kids, but not for Phantom.

At the top of the food chain is Barilla Formaggi Three Cheese. This thick sauce hit all the right notes. The ricotta gave it a creamy consistency, while the Romano and Parmesan imparted an earthiness that tasted most like homemade. That’s why Barilla Formaggi Three Cheese tomato sauce is at the top of the food chain.

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