REVIEW – Anjon’s Gourmet Sauce

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Anjon's Gourmet Sauce

I can make a homemade red sauce. But it’s a lot of work and I don’t feel my homemade sauce is anything spectacular. I almost always have jarred sauce in my home. I always have. I probably always will. I find it very convenient to be able to boil pasta and then open the cabinet, grab a jar of sauce, put it over the pasta and be done.

I recently tried Anjon’s Gourmet Sauce. Anjon’s is located in Maine. While they started as a tiny seafood shack, they grew into a well-known Italian restaurant. Their sauces became so popular that they started selling them. Anjon’s Gourmet Sauces are available in a number of varieties including:

  • Gourmet Lobster Fra Diavolo – A favorite in any Italian kitchen is now available anytime you crave this spicy, rich sauce. Add your own scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams (or even more lobster!), and enjoy!
  • Gourmet Marinara Pasta Sauce – This is our Great-Grandmother’s original recipe which remains unchanged for over 100 years. This sauce will bring a smile to the face of everyone at the table. The sweet aroma of slow cooked tomatoes coupled with fresh basil and garlic is just a start. We add extra virgin olive oil and a whole lot of Italian ancestry to this sauce.
  • Gourmet Puttanesca Pasta Sauce – The Italian word puttana “loosely” translated means “lady-of-the-night”. According to one story, such “ladies” would use this spicy, sultry fragrance of fresh cooked puttanesca to lure in their many gentlemen callers.
  • Gourmet Sicilian Pasta Sauce – This traditional sauce blends the freshest tomatoes, garlic and spices, along with golden raisins, pine nuts, and extra virgin olive oil. It’s unique, sweet flavor is a wonderful alternative to your traditional everyday pasta sauce.
  • Gourmet Tomato Sauce – This Sauce is dark red and has wonderful meat flavors. The aroma of fresh vine ripened tomato’s slow cooked with our own blend of spices and fresh garlic gives it a quality you would only find in old world Italy.
  • Gourmet Vodka Pasta Sauce – This spicy & delectably rich combination of fresh tomatoes, heavy cream, peccorino romano and imported olive oil is perfect plain over pasta, or as a complement to your favorite dishes.
  • Pizza Sauce – No home is complete without the perfect pizza sauce, just begging you to take one more bite. Ingredients: vine ripened tomatoes, olive oil, virgin olive oil, spices, fresh garlic, salt.

We tried several of the sauces. The first was the Gourmet Marinara Pasta Sauce. You can see some chunks of tomato and pieces of basil in the sauce. It smells nice. Flavorwise I found it to be somewhat less “full-bodies” then I expected. It wasn’t bad, but it needed help. I had some browned ground beef that I tossed in and that helped a lot. I consider this a good sauce to start building on, if you are into that approach. For me personally if I’m cooking to add things to a sauce I might as well just make the sauce. Which is why I think that their Gourmet Tomato Sauce is probably more in line with what I look for as opposed to the Marinara.

The Gourmet Sicilian Pasta Sauce was a different story. That had a much richer flavor. I’d never had a red sauce made with raisins, which made it quite different. It wasn’t bad, it was just different. It definitely tasted fresh. Anjon’s recommends it with appetizers, as a dip with fresh Italian bread, or served over your favorite pasta. The third sauce was the Gourmet Lobster Fra Diavolo. Hubby loves his seafood so he was very happy to be trying this one. He enjoyed the sauce, finding it had a little kick to it. It was flavorful on it’s own, or can be given even more seafood flavor by adding your own scallops, shrimp, mussels or clams.

Anjon’s sells it’s jars in quantites of 3, 6, 9 or 12. You can purchase Anjon’s Gourmet Sauce online.

Anjon's Gourmet Sauce

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What’s your favorite pasta dish that calls for a red sauce? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

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7 comments

Terri April 5, 2014 - 12:18 am

This looks good, i think my hubby and daughter would love it, I would too but it wouldn’t agree with my body, but I’m going to share with them

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Janell Poulette April 5, 2014 - 10:34 am

These sound amazing! I love to make my own sauce but who has the time. It is so much easier to buy it – especially if it tastes better than my sauce 🙂

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Kelsey Apley April 5, 2014 - 11:30 am

Those sound really good! Always fun to have a really tasty sauce for pasta!!!

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Chrysa April 5, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Oh, these look so yummy! I like to make my own sauce, but sometimes it’s convenient to be able to just grab a jar. I do use jars when I make baked ziti in the crockpot and I bet these would be DELICIOUS for it!

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paula schuck April 5, 2014 - 5:40 pm

You had me at lobster at the start of this post. I like having options as a Mom and quick sauces are often necessary for busy lives. These sound delicious!

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patricia Marsden April 6, 2014 - 8:23 am

That seafood gravy one calls.

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stephanie August 15, 2014 - 8:50 pm

I buy their sauce whenever I visit Maine (I’m from Canada and shipping is quite expensive for those jars) and I love them! Last year, we were there on vacation and we ate dinner at Anjon’s it was delicious!! Then we bought 12 jars of Fra Diavolo lobster sauce ( since it’s my ultimate favorite) I just opened the last one this week…need to make another trip to Anjon’s 🙂

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