Your Tomato Sauce Might Be Fake, Here’s How To Tell If It’s The Real Deal

In my childhood home, our cupboards were stocked to the brim with canned San Marzano Tomatoes.

A staple in our household, my mother used this brand in all of her famous tomato-esque recipes, including spaghetti, soup, and salsa to our family’s delight.

Imported all the way from the base of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, these plum tomatoes are grown “in rich volcanic soil.” They taste sweet and tangy, and are less acidic than their Roma counterparts. These particular tomatoes are so pristine, they’re the only kind used for a traditional Neapolitan pizza.

However, for tomatoes to be classified in the San Marzano brand, they must be grown in the Agro Sarnese-Nocerino region of Italy, and must have a Protected Designation of Origin (or better known as DOP) label on the packaging to symbolize its authenticity.

However, this is where things get tricky.

Unlike the Italy, the organic produce in the United States isn’t regulated, nor do they note the DOP markings either. This means that companies can slap on the label on any can of tomatoes and say they’re authentic San Marzano products.

But, how many of these canned tomatoes are real? Well, back in 2011 the President of Consorzio San Marzano told Italian importing company, Gustiamo, that 95% of the canned tomatoes sold in America are fake.

So, now that you know there are an overwhelming amount of knockoffs how can you tell if your canned San Marzano Tomatoes are authentic?

Easy Dinner Recipe with This One Pot Cheesy Ravioli!

If you’re tight for time during the week, this is a recipe you should have on hand. This easy one pot cheesy ravioli is not only a delicious filling meal, but it’s quick and simple to make. Your family will be begging for more one they give this dish a try!

You can even play around with the recipe and try different types of ravioli,  spinach and cheese or mushroom and cheese – the possibilities are endless!

  • 1 small onion
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 jars of tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon dried italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pack of four-cheese ravioli
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook ground beef until there is no longer any pink.
  2. Drain beef and set aside. Wipe pot clean.
  3. In the same pot over medium-high heat, heat oil, and then add onions, mushrooms, and saute until tender.
  4. Add in minced garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
  5. Add in beef, pasta sauce, water, italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  6. Bring sauce to a boil then add in ravioli.
  7. Reduce heat, cover, and allow to simmer until pasta is cooked through.
  8. Stir in cheese, and serve right away.
  9. Enjoy!