The sauces are well balanced, and loaded with flavor. At $7.99 a jar, Uncle Steve's is competitive with the higher end brands out there. And while this is more expensive than what you'd find at Trader Joe's, I look at it this way: Ideally, you prepare your own sauce from scratch (or you make your nonna do it). This is certainly most cost effective, and you have complete control. If you're going to spring for a jarred sauce to have on hand in a pinch, don't just get something that's "meh". You could cook "meh" in 20 minutes for 1/4 the price. I say cough up a few extra bucks and get something great! This way, you not only save a heap of time, but it's as delicious as it would be if you (or nonna) spent hours making it.
At this point you can only get the sauces ONLINE, but we'll be seeing Uncle Steve's in stores soon. There is one more place you can get some, however..RIGHT HERE on thesexyvegan.com! I'm giving away a two-pack of Uncle Steve's! After the recipe, at the bottom of the post, you'll see how to enter the drawing.
Baked Ziti Arrabbiata
1 lb dry ziti or penne rigate pasta
7 ounces vegan Italian style sausage links (Tofurky, Field Roast, etc.), roughly chopped
1 cup Cashew Ricotta (recipe below)
8 ounces shredded vegan mozzarella, divided
25 ounce jar of Uncle Steve's Arrabbiata Sauce
fresh basil leaves, torn for garnish
olive oil to lube up the casserole
;["*asil leaves, and serve.
Makes 3 cups (so you might want to cut this recipe in half since you only need one cup...however I don't think anyone has ever said, "Oh no! I have too much extra cashew ricotta!")
One 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed, and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 clove garlic
1 heaping tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
pepper to taste
In a food processor, pulse the cashews until ground. Add the remaining ingredients and process until almost smooth, but still somewhat grainy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.