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Tomato and Basil

Tomato and Basil

In colorful Naples, pasta sauces are pure and simple, with ripe, red tomatoes and a hint of basil. Here, that spirit of simplicity has inspired the perfect sauce for any meal occasion.

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Ingredients:

Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Contains <2% Of: Salt, Garlic, Basil, Olive Oil, Granulated Garlic, Spices

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 cup (125g)
Servings per Container about 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45
Calories from Fat 5
  % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Sugars 5g  
Protein 2g  
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 6%
Iron 8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Another Unhappy Customer
Posted yesterday by Linda
I echo all the comments below and will add some: For years I bought this sauce because it had no added sugar. I happened to check the list of ingredients because of the new label and discovered that there is now added sugar. I will no longer be purchasing this product. Why, oh why, do American food companies have to add sugar to absolutely everything? No wonder America's obesity epidemic continues to grow at an unchecked rate. Shame on you, Classico for deciding to add to it.

Why the added sugar?
Posted yesterday by Phyllis Pohle
As others posted below, I am terribly disappointed that my one true go-to pasta sauce with all natural ingredients (and No sugar) has been modified to now include sugar. I am now forced to find another brand of sauce without sugar. Costco's Marinara Sauce has no sugar and is now my go-to pasta sauce.

Another Unhappy Customer
Posted yesterday by Linda
I echo all the comments below and will add some: For years I bought this sauce because it had no added sugar. I happened to check the list of ingredients because of the new label and discovered that there is now added sugar. I will no longer be purchasing this product. Why, oh why, do American food companies have to add sugar to absolutely everything? No wonder America's obesity epidemic continues to grow at an unchecked rate. Shame on you, Classico for deciding to add to it.

So unhappy now
Posted 2 days ago, on 8/26/2014 by Alaina
As others have stated I also am no longer using this sauce because they suddenly decided to add sugar. This was a super bad business decision by Classico as now you've lost so many customers who enjoyed one of the only sauces out there that used to have no sugar.

Cannot buy because of the sugar!!!!
Posted 5 days ago, on 8/22/2014 by K
This used to be our favorite sauce, but we will no longer be eating or buying it now that they have added sugar to it. It was so good without it, why add it now?????????? So disappointed!!!!!!!

Sugar and Costco
Posted on 8/15/2014 by Melinda
First I was terribly disappointed to find that Costco no longer carries Classico Tomato Basil (my favorite since the 1980s!!) and now what I find in other stores has SUGAR? W.T.F.? Part of why my entire family loved this variety was the lack of sugar/HFCS. Sigh.

Sugar just added or just declared?
Posted on 8/10/2014 by Patrick
I was always wondering why this sauce tasted so delicious without using sugar, and found this post. Then I looked at the 12 bottles I just bought from Target and found "sugar" was listed. I was under the assumption no sugar was added, but was always suspicious. My question is whether the sugar part was newly added or just started declaring it? I also noticed the receipt said the brand was Heinz, so maybe Heinz had bought it out? By the way, I am returning all 12 bottles of them.

add my voice
Posted on 8/8/2014 by Pola Sommers
I would like to add my voice to the extreme displeasure at discovering the newly added sugar!
I would not have purchased this sauce had I known and will be returning my other 2 jars!

No sugar added
Posted on 8/8/2014 by Debra
I loved the fact that no sugar is added to this sauce. That way I can make it my own and add my own spices and seasonings!

Terrible change on many levels
Posted on 8/7/2014 by fran
As someone who has exclusively purchased this sauce for as long as Tomato & Basil has been on the market (the 90s?), I am extremely disappointed in this company not only because they abruptly changed the recipe but also because of Classico’s lack of response to their customers. When I first realized that there was this major change after purchasing two jars with the new, tacky label and heating up the sauce from part of the first jar, I immediately called the 800 number on the jar.

I was shocked by the reaction of the customer service rep on the phone. After I gave her the requested information on the label including the bar code, she proceeded to tell me that Classico had not changed their ingredients at all and the recipe was the same as always. Either Classico trains their staff to make the customers think they are mistaken and all of a sudden cannot read or understand a label, or the staff at Classico are in the dark about their company and its products because of a lack of training or because Classico does not care if their employees are knowledgeable about their products.

Due to the fact that here we are some 4 + months after I called about this very bad decision to change the recipe, the web site continues to display the old label with the old ingredients and nutritional information. This false information is long overdue in being removed from their web site. It also seems that Classico must not read the customer comments on the web site at all either because previous consumers have noted that this false information continues to be posted on the web site.

I have purchased at least two jars a week of this product for too many years to count but stopped completely after trying the new sauce. If other customers have stopped buying as I have, Classico is going to experience a major decline in sales. But, judging from their lack of response and the outdated and inaccurate information on the web site, apparently Classico does not care.

By the way, although I am pleased that this sauce did not have any added sugar, my number one reason for purchasing it was the taste. There was no other sauce on the market that tasted this pure and like fresh tomatoes with basil. I guess Classico wanted to eliminate the best sauce on the market for whatever reason. This whole episode would make a great study for a college class in marketing and public relations and about what not to do.

Now with Sugar!!
Posted on 8/6/2014 by Misrable Old Fart
Premium price for a no-longer-premium-product. I'll buy ice cream for sugar, thank you.

Adding sugar was a mistake
Posted on 8/6/2014 by kay
We purchased this product because it was sugar free. Why add sugar? Now it is no longer an option. By the way, the website Ingredients List does not list sugar. ie: Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Contains <2% Of: Salt, Garlic, Basil, Olive Oil, Granulated Garlic, Spices

Dump the added sugar
Posted on 8/6/2014 by Roger
Due to Classico's bad decision to add sugar to what was my most used sauce I am now buying Germano's Tomato Basil Sauce. Some of us do read the back side label.

Why add sugar????
Posted on 8/6/2014 by Shelly
Why add sugar - is that what makes it now gluten free???? You have plenty of other flavors with sugar please change this back so those of us who can't or don't want added sugar can once again consume this product.

Can't use anymore
Posted on 8/5/2014 by Mary Dowling
I was a big user of this sauce. I bought it once a week at least. It was one of very few tomato sauces that did not add sugar. Now I can't use it anymore because of Classico's decision to add sugar. I feel sad because I really liked the taste but won't eat sugar.

So sad and disappointed
Posted on 8/5/2014 by Kathryn
I would buy only Classico tomato basil because of no added sugar, faithfully and only this product. I will not buy anymore. Disappointed, it was the only available commercial no sugar added marinara.

Disappointment
Posted on 8/5/2014 by Sarah Hennignsen
So disappointed...... Adding sugar to this was not needed.... My family has been sugar free for 7 1/2 years and this was the only sauce we used... The world does not need to have sugar in EVERYTHING....

Used to Be Our Favorite
Posted on 8/5/2014 by Italian Gal
My mother made her own tomatoes for "gravy," which is what Italians in Rhode Island call spaghetti sauce. We would buy bushes of tomatoes, put them through a food processor, and jar enough for the year. Mom learned this recipe from her mother, who came from the old country. What was in it? Tomato. A little salt. Basil. REAL ITALIANS DO NOT PUT SUGAR IN SPAGHETTI SAUCE. Why are you now selling a sugared version? Husband is diabetic and I can't have pepper due to stomach problems; the other jarred sauces without sugar have pepper. Disappointed in you.

Disappointed
Posted on 8/5/2014 by Tammy H.
I, too, agree with all the reviews in regard to the bad decision to add sugar. I was a faithful user of this product because no sugar added and now you've lost my loyalty. I will make my own sauce from now on. Hope you listen to your past customers on this and make the change back to no sugar!

Sugar
Posted on 8/2/2014 by Lori
I was a faithful buyer of your sauce since it was the only one that had "No Sugar" I was so irritated by you adding it! That I came to your site to complain! I then saw how many people didn't like this. I had to pay 6 dollars for the only other brand I could find that didn't have sugar. You made a bad move and are going to loose money if you don't take that sugar back out! I think more people than you realize only bought this sauce since it is the only one on the shelves with no sugar in it! I agree, Bad move!

Tomato and Basil Sauce
Posted on 8/1/2014 by Alice Voysey
In a pinch I made a sauce with tomato basil sauce with Italian sausage meatballs. I made it for meatball heros in hot dog buns. It was to feed some pretty finiky family members and everyone enjoyed them!

Thanks

Alice

no sugar in my sauce
Posted on 7/28/2014 by Rita Brusco
I and my family have loved your original Tomato & Basil sauce. and then you added sugar,, why? why? you have ruined a really great sauce, please return to the original no sugar added Tomato & Basil sauce,,

Why did you add sugar to this masterpiece?
Posted on 7/28/2014 by Lyle "Chip" Chipperson
This was the best sauce on the market for those who wanted no sugar added simple sauce. Now they added sugar...for what reason???

Please revert back to the old recipe. The new one stinks!!

Sugary crud
Posted on 7/25/2014 by Drew
Hey Classico marketing brainiacs--

You already sell other sugary pasta sauces. Why ruin this one also?

Here is a suggestion: If you think you have improved this product by adding sugar why not advertise it prominently on the label: "NOW WITH EXTRA SUGAR!!!" or "NEW IMPROVED SUGARY SAUCE!!!"

I wouldn't be surprised if you start packaging it in handy plastic squeeze bottles...


Sugary crud
Posted on 7/25/2014 by Drew
Hey Classico marketing brainiacs--

You already sell other sugary pasta sauces. Why ruin this one also?

Here is a suggestion: If you think you have improved this product by adding sugar why not advertise it prominently on the label: "NOW WITH EXTRA SUGAR!!!" or "NEW IMPROVED SUGARY SAUCE!!!"

I wouldn't be surprised if you start packaging it in handy plastic squeeze bottles...


Sugar unnecessary!!!!
Posted on 7/20/2014 by Hunter
Adding sugar to your great time tested tomato and basil sauce is not only not necessary it's unhealthy. You just lost an old customer.

Sugar sadness
Posted on 7/19/2014 by Mag
Why? :( I only bought this because it was the only one on the shelf in the grocery store without sugar. Now that it is my fav sauce it has sugar. I am so sad.

Get rid of the Sugar!
Posted on 7/18/2014 by Jessica
Not happy with the sugar in the recipe. Or any sweetener for that matter. It's not necessary for delicious sauce.

Disappointed
Posted on 7/18/2014 by Deana Thomas
I am very disappointed with your new sauce. I have been buying Classico Tomato and Basil for years. I loved it because of the great flavor without added sugar. I bought some last week, noticing you had a new label but never checking the ingredients. As soon as my family and I took a bite, we knew that you had added sugar. Why change something that's not broken? I will not be buying it any more as I prefer my tomato sauce without added sugar.

Why?
Posted on 7/17/2014 by Nancy Perron
For years I have used Classico Tomato and Basil as my go-to red sauce for everything! I even stopped making my own red sauce because this filled the bill. No more. Whoever decided to reformulate this with added sugar apparently missed the memo outlining the concerns about added sugar and the move to change label requirement to break down added vs natural sugar counts. Add to this the fact that the new improved "fresh" tomato basil sauce features a dumbed down flavor profile and I have to assume someone hired a 12 year old to manage the product. This was a terrible decision -- which you must know, since you have not yet changed the web site to reflect this less than brilliant move.

Recant of previous review
Posted on 7/15/2014 by Mark
Earlier I said I think people are confusing Tomato Basil and Trad Sweet Basil. The Tomato Basil I just bought still has no sugar. Must have been old stock, because when I went to the store today, it now HAD SUGAR. Bad move Classico, nothing Classic about this development. I have bought for many many years, but never again!!!

:(
Posted on 7/12/2014 by Jaye
Whoa, Really? I was just about to post a recommendation to friends to buy the Classico tomato and basil sauce because it has no added sugar and I came here to find this discussion. Bad move, if it's true.

:(
Posted on 7/12/2014 by Tonya
The added sugar makes me very sad. :'(

And my mom is very mad.

Sugar, we don't need no stinkin sugar!!
Posted on 7/3/2014 by Pat G
I don't even want to give you a rating. You don't deserve it. Why would you change your recipe? What a stupid mistake. Like many, this was the only sauce I used and I used it because it didn't have sugar in it and it tasted great. Bah on you! I have nine bottles I'm returning after finding sugar!

Get rid of the sugar
Posted on 6/30/2014 by Anita Bene
We specifically bought this product because it had no sugar. Adding sugar forces us to make other choices. Even your organic product has sugar.

Disappointed
Posted on 6/20/2014 by RonnieColeman
I also agree with the plethora of other negative reviews, resulting from your decision to add sugar to the perfect original recipe! This sauce no longer deserves it's previously acclaimed spot in my pantry...

HATE the SUGAR!!!!
Posted on 6/18/2014 by BB Tomb
Your new "Fresh basil, onion & garlic" is awful..! As others have said, I carefully look for your "Tomato & Basil" without sugar. The change adds sugar, so you have lost another very regular customer.

Please fire whoever decided you should get rid of the recipe that differentiated Classico and bring back the recipe your customers loved.

I will be returning the sugary jars and looking for a new brand until I see the old label with no sugar.

A very unhappy customer

HATE the SUGAR!!!!
Posted on 6/18/2014 by BB Tomb
Your new "Fresh basil, onion & garlic" is awful..! As others have said, I carefully look for your "Tomato & Basil" without sugar. The change adds sugar, so you have lost another very regular customer.

Please fire whoever decided you should get rid of the recipe that differentiated Classico and bring back the recipe your customers loved.

I will be returning the sugary jars and looking for a new brand until I see the old label with no sugar.

A very unhappy customer

Now sweet??
Posted on 6/18/2014 by Nicole
For many years Classico was hands down is my favorite brand for jared tomato sauce. Recently you changed your recipe and it now has a sweet taste. Why?!?! This is the main reason we loved your sauce, because it wasn't sweet in taste. PLEASE go back to your old recipe!!! We may have to find a new brand. :-(

Only sauce I buy
Posted on 6/17/2014 by Mark
I think people are confusing Tomato Basil and Trad Sweet Basil. The Tomato Basil I just bought still has no sugar. The sweet does. If sugar does show up, I will no longer buy it. It is too easy to make the mistake due to the similar jars. I have learned to look closely!

Only sauce I buy
Posted on 6/17/2014 by Mark
I think people are confusing Tomato Basil and Trad Sweet Basil. The Tomato Basil I just bought still has no sugar. The sweet does. If sugar does show up, I will no longer buy it. It is too easy to make the mistake due to the similar jars. I have learned to look closely!

Sorry, So Sorry
Posted on 6/13/2014 by Tony Scotto
You have lost your BEST customer. I have personally eaten over 500 jars of this stuff (old recipe) over the past few years and I can't stand the taste of the new one. I agree with Lynda - somebody should be fired. By the way, the ingredients you are showing online are the old recipe. Does that mean I can still get it or is this false advertisement? Please let me (us) know.

Miserable
Posted on 6/13/2014 by Debbie (Tony's wife)
We bought this sauce BECAUSE it had no sugar in it. We go through 5-6 jars a week, more if we have family over. My husband has been complaining all week about the taste. He just told me about this site and how he was right that you changed the recipe. Now I have to try to find a new sauce with no sugar or start making it myself. Thanks for making my life miserable.

Sorry, So Sorry
Posted on 6/13/2014 by Tony Scotto
You have lost your BEST customer. I have personally eaten over 500 jars of this stuff (old recipe) over the past few years and I can't stand the taste of the new one. I agree with Lynda - somebody should be fired. By the way, the ingredients you are showing online are the old recipe. Does that mean I can still get it or is this false advertisement? Please let me (us) know.

What idiot changed the recipe???
Posted on 6/12/2014 by Lea Ann
Have been using this sauce for years ! Years! Why? Because it didn't have added sugar and tasted great! I'm so very disappointed you changed it. The new version will not come into my house. We do not like sugar in our spaghetti sauce. No more of your company's sauce for our family. Ditch the sugar and bring back the original recipe. Stupidest move ever !!!

More calories and now with sugar!
Posted on 6/11/2014 by Lynda Young
Someone should be fired for changing this. When everyone is saying to cut back added sugar, you added it to your new version. That's as stupid as it gets.

bought 6 jars of the old recipe
Posted on 6/3/2014 by Blake
The new recipe ruined this product. I found 6 jars of the old recipe (no sugar) at Target and bought them all. When those are gone I hope the recipe has been changed back or they will be the last ones I buy....


Dissapointed
Posted on 5/30/2014 by Rob
SUGAR in the ingredients!! Looks like the Classico line is following the "classic" path as most food companies do... adding sugar to yet another product that does not require it!


aha!
Posted on 5/28/2014 by Joe C
Wow.. My family used to absolutely LOVE this sauce. We would buy it in 3-packs from Costco all the time. But our last pack tasted different.. disgustingly sweet! At first I didn't understand what was different, so I Googled "classico sauce changed" and landed on this page. Like many others pointed out, I checked an old jar against a new one and see sugar has been added. Why, oh why would you do this? What a shame.

Added Sugar Ruined This
Posted on 5/24/2014 by Robert L
Was great before then felt nauseous eating it recently, it tasted sweet and gross. Looked at the ingredients and saw that sugar was added. PLEASE bring back the old recipe!!!! I will not by another jar with added sugar. I actually had to order online a different brand of sauce with no sugar. I still preferred the old Classico and will gladly switch back if you correct this mistake.

Foul Smell
Posted on 5/23/2014 by Raj
I brought this from costco.. 3 bottles together is what they sell... Expiry on this says 2015 .. But after we use the jar for 3/4th of it then store it back in the Fridge...When we open the bottle again ,there is some gas which gets collected and it is like opening up a soda bottle..The sauce now starts to give some foul smell.. This is the 2nd bottle that we have observed it ...

Go back to old recipe!
Posted on 5/22/2014 by Jessica R
Why is there sugar now!? Look at the number of people that bought this because it was just simple ingredients?

ALLERGIC to ONIONS!!
Posted on 5/19/2014 by Glory J.
You use to make this without onions. Your ingredients listed above on this page doesn't list onions, BUT THIS HAS ONIONS WHICH MY HUSBAND IS ALLERGIC TO AND FOUND ONE WHEN HE WAS EATING!! DANGEROUS MOVE CLASSICO!! The new taste is much worse as well by far. No flavor & too sugary.

WHY THE CHANGE
Posted on 5/17/2014 by Jim
What happened to your sauce? It was my favorite jar sauce. I will no longer be buying your sauce as it now has a sweet taste that I do not like. Bring back the old receipe!!!!!

Horrible
Posted on 5/16/2014 by Jay
Just had the new sauce with our pasta tonight. It is inedible. Foul. We threw it away. If people want sugar with their sauce they can spoon it on themselves. I'm disgusted that you've joined the ranks of companies that add sugar to an otherwise good product.

Why the change to added sugar :(
Posted on 5/16/2014 by Andrea
We loved your tomato and basil. It was gluten free, had simple ingredients and no added sugar. Last time at the store we saw it inlcuded some fresh garlic and herbs - and we thought it would be great. However something was off when we tasted it and it wasn't as good - looking at the ingerdients I see you added sugar! I have no issue with the fresh garlic but why add sugar - it tasted home-made before and now I might as well buy ragu. Guess I will have to find a new sauce. :(

What Have You Done to the Tomato Basil sauce ???
Posted on 5/11/2014 by Lorrie Kitchen
You have completely ruined your Tomato Basil sauce. This was the ONLY sauce we've ever bought becuase it did not have added sugar and wasn't sweet. As we see by writing this...that we are not the only ones. I've been eating your sauce for over 20 yrs in the Tomato Basil ...now you have wrecked it. There is no tang, way too sweet and the tomatos taste like rubber with no flavor. You are going to lose millions of dollars because everyone will stop buying your sauce. If it ain't broke DON'T FIX IT. Why did you ruin your Tomato & Basil sauce recipe and make it so sweet that no one can stand it ? Go back to the old recipe. You are going to lose millions of dollars. Read your feedback.

OMG, What happened?!?
Posted on 5/6/2014 by Bruce Ambler
Way too sweet. Bring back the normal stuff. I used to look forward to my "spaghetti and meatball night" but you guys have wrecked it.

Can anybody point me to an alternative?

Get rid of the sugar!!
Posted on 5/1/2014 by Claudia Dricot
I am SO disappointed that you have added sugar to this sauce. It was the only jarred sauce without sugar that I have found. I am especially bummed because I had just recommended it to someone who was looking for sauce without added sugar. There are plenty of sweet sauces out there. We don't need another.

Yes, I am sad about the sugar too
Posted on 4/27/2014 by Marya DeVoto
I have bought sooooo many jars of this sauce for years because it's such a great base, not being sweet. I even tried a jar of the new recipe in case there was just a pinch of sugar--but no, it actually tastes sweeter. So disappointing.

Please bring back the old recipe. There are a million pasta sauces on the market that are sweet including some of yours: why would you give up such a good differentiator? I'll have to find something else now.

Remove the Sugar
Posted on 4/21/2014 by Laura
This is the only jar sauce we have ever purchased because it is just
perfect without the sugar. Tomato sauce does not need sugar
especially if it has lots of basil in it. Please go back to making this
without the sugar. I was going to purchase several jars of Tomato and Basil today and when I noticed the change I put the jars back on
the shelf.

GO BACK TO NO SUGAR
Posted on 4/17/2014 by Britt
Please - I used to buy your sauce instead of make my own but now that you have changed up your ingredients I fear that I will not be a loyal customer and search else were. Why would you add more sugar?!

SUGAR?
Posted on 4/15/2014 by Sue
I just clicked on the ingredients link on your page for tomato & basil. It doesn't list sugar but the new products in the store do. Very deceiving. I am also a consumer that bought this product alot, because it was the only one of your sauces that did not contain sugar. Please go back to the old recipe.

SUGAR in recipe - WHY???
Posted on 4/11/2014 by ek
I was so pleased to have a tomato sauce (Classico Tomato & Basil) without sugar and I bought it regularly at Costco. I went to get more and noticed sugar on the ingredients. Why?? It was a wonderful sauce - tomatoes are so flavorful with out any added sugar. And here is my soapbox - most foods have too much added sugar and the consumer should be outraged by that.

Please return the product to the original recipe so that I can buy it again!

Recipe changed
Posted on 4/4/2014 by M. Hanson
This used to be our favorite sauce because it had no added sugar. Please go back to the original recipe.

Tomato sauce that is properly ripened and seasoned does not need added sugar.

One negative
Posted on 4/4/2014 by Marsha
I love this sauce. Use it all the time and have for years. You can get a 3 pack at Costco. I used it last night and found some type of a piece of plastic in it! I'm so upset because this was my favorite sauce. I took a picture and posted it on Facebook and many of my friends said it looked like the middle of a bandaid!!!

Change in recipe?
Posted on 3/31/2014 by Ginny Perrin
I have been buying this sauce for years because I love the flavor and it has no added sugar. Suddenly this week I noticed that the label was a bit different, so I looked at the ingredients, and lo and behold, you've added sugar. Why? Now I will no longer buy this sauce.

no sugar=winner
Posted on 3/18/2014 by Kristin
Thank you for making a sauce with no sugar. This is the only product I will purchase at this point. Please consider removing sugar from your other sauces. They don't need it.

Best of the Best
Posted on 2/12/2014 by Ivan Smith
You should get rid of suger from most of your sauces (except ones labeled as sweet). You used to! Until then, only Tomato and Basil for me. Great sauce!! Used to buy Spicy Red, and Fire Roasted before you added sugar.

The only jarred sauce I'll EVER use
Posted on 2/9/2014 by Tony
I grew up in an an Italian American family and jarred sauces were never used. I usually make all my own sauces, but I've used this sauce for many years, it's the only one that tastes homemade to me. I've tried the other Classico sauces, they are good, but they are too sweet. This has no sugar, so I stick by it.