Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Sauce Review

Dr Oz has done multiple shows on how dangerous BPA (Bisphenol A) may be to our health.  Here are just a few recaps of Dr Oz’s shows that discuss BPA:

Hidden Obesogens

Poison in Food Supply

Water Supply Destroyed from BPA

One of the largest sources of BPA that we are exposed to is the BPA used in the lining of canned food products.  Especially now that my husband and I are hopeful about starting a family soon, we are trying to avoid any products that might contain BPA.  But how can I make all of my recipes that call for canned tomatoes?  Or tomato paste?  Or diced tomatoes?  Or one of the many varieties of canned tomato products?  After walking through my grocery store, unable to find any substitutes other than fresh tomatoes (which are not always in season), it struck me – use jarred tomato sauce products instead!

Ok, so I solved half of my problems with canned tomato products, but the other concern I have with processed tomato products is that non-organic tomatoes contain tons of pesticides and chemicals that are increasingly being shown to be bad for your health.  So we have been trying our hardest to avoid non-organic tomato products in our home.  Luckily, there are quite a few options of Organic Tomato Sauce.  So being the Opinion Queen, I had to buy every single variety of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Sauces to review so that I could make sure that none of us miss out on anything!  I tested out four Organic Tomato Sauces: Trader Giotto’s Organic Marinara Sauce, Trader Giotto’s Organic Spaghetti Sauce, Trader Giotto’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara and Trader Giotto’s Organic No-Salt Added Marinara Sauce.  (Side note: Trader Giotto seems to be Trader Joe’s store brand for tomato sauces.)

Trader Joes Organic Tomato Sauce

Trader Joe’s Organic Marinara Sauce Review

The tried and true classic – regular marinara sauce.  Trader Joe’s Organic Marinara Sauce had a very fresh taste and a great chunky texture.  I think part of the reason that this marinara sauce tasted so fresh and like real tomatoes is because the first ingredient is literally organic tomato puree, as opposed to some other brands where corn syrup or other artificial flavorings and sweeteners are among the top ingredients.  None of the four Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Sauces had corn syrup or anything artificial at all in the ingredients list – major plus in my book!  My only concern with the original marinara sauce is that it has 460 mg of sodium in 1/2 a cup, which is a bit higher than I would like to see.

Trader Joe’s Organic No-Salt Added Marinara Sauce Review

The healthier, no-salt added, version of Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce only has 25 mg of sodium per serving, however the taste is MUCH more bland.  I would never recommend using this sauce straight out of the jar as a spaghetti topping for example.  However, I found that when I mixed the no-salt added marinara with the saltier original recipe marinara from above, I was left with a healthier but still tasty alternative.  Another reason that I love this no-salt added product is that I can use it to cook with in my recipes that call for canned tomato products and I can be in control of adding however much salt I want.

Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara Review

Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara is basically the same as the original marinara sauce, but it has the added flavor of basil, making this sauce perfect for any Italian dish.  I absolutely love the flavor of basil, but if you do not, or if you are using the tomato sauce for a non-Italian recipe, you might want to opt for the original marinara sauce.

Trader Joe’s Organic Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms Review

I am a major fan of mushrooms.  My favorite topping on a pizza is mushrooms.  So what is there not to love with mushrooms in a spaghetti sauce?  I love the taste of this sauce and it will probably become my go-to sauce for over pasta.  However, if I am looking for a tomato product substitute for a recipe, sometimes mushrooms are not a happy addition.  So my favorite substitute for tomato products in general recipes is going to be Trader Joe’s Organic Marinara Sauce.


  1. Matthew Steuer says

    I cannot get enough of the Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato-Basil Marinara. I love homemade pasta sauce, but this is just as good. You can even see the basil pieces throughout the sauce, which makes me very excited. It is really good to add a little onion and maybe peppers to it. Basically, I just love Trader Joe’s!

    • admin says

      Yes! I agree Matt. I love to cook a little onion and garlic and add it to the tomato sauce… it makes it taste even more homemade!

  2. SBrenn says

    In your “Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Sauce Review” you mentioned that you wanted to stay away from canned products due to BPA, but then you said your solution was to use CANNED tomato products! That makes NO SENSE!

    To quote the article:
    “One of the largest sources of BPA that we are exposed to is the BPA used in the lining of canned food products….we are trying to avoid any products that might contain BPA.”
    Your question:
    “But how can I make all of my recipes that call for canned tomatoes? Or tomato paste? Or diced tomatoes? Or one of the many varieties of canned tomato products?”
    Your solution:
    “it struck me – use canned tomato sauce products instead!”

  3. says

    I just purchased the Trader Joe’s Marinara and the Trader Joe’s Vodka Organic Sauces and I found this entry when I was looking for reviews before actually trying them. I’m looking forward to cracking open the jar and giving them a shot. Thanks!

  4. Zippy says

    The President & HR director (who has absolutely no experience or formal training in employment law) has chosen to publish & distribute company wide a list of names of those people who are effectively relieved of their previous duties, re-classified and who will not be considered for promotion……something real funny about the list, it is mostly the people who have been with TJ’s for 20+ years, were/are their trainers……….and most are over 40 years of age & have foreign accents