We Tried Internet-Famous Brand Truff's Black Truffle Pasta Sauce
It's a jarred sauce we can get behind!
It’s safe to say that I’ve exhausted just about every dish in my weekly repertoire in the last two years. To subside my boredom with my tried and true favorites, I’m always on the lookout for things to jazz up my meal. A spoonful of chili crisp here, a sprinkling of za’atar there and even just a different shaped pasta to break the monotony.
So, when I heard that Truff, the beloved truffle hot sauce that even Oprah adores, was launching a line of pasta sauces, I was intrigued. If you aren’t familiar, Truff launched in 2017 on the already popular Instagram @sauce. They have three varieties of hot sauce – black truffle, a hotter version of the black truffle and white truffle, but this is the first foray into pasta sauce.
In my opinion, jarred pasta sauce can be tricky. We are Rao’s devotees when it comes to jarred options because it’s the only one that tastes like actual fresh tomato sauce, and even though we are fans of the Truff hot sauce, jarred pasta sauce is a whole different ballgame. But, after trying Truff, it’s officially added to the jarred-sauce roster.
The Truff pasta sauce comes in two varieties: Pomodoro and Arrabbiata. The arrabbiata is the spicier of the two, but the Pomodoro is not for the spice adverse. Although the pomodoro doesn’t pack an overwhelming amount of heat, the flavor is still very spice forward featuring their signature chili blend with red chili peppers. The arrabbiata puts more of a focus on the spice blend but isn’t obliterate-your-taste-buds spicy.
And, unlike many truffle products, the winter black truffle taste is there but not overwhelming even with truffle salt, truffle olive oil and winter black truffles included in the blend.
Even with such strong flavors, the pasta sauces are just as versatile as any jarred sauce. We tried it over spaghetti and there was no need to add our usual crushed red pepper or other spices to jazz it up. I also tried it baked into a vegetable lasagna, and it added just the amount of excitement we needed. It would work with eggplant parmesan, meatballs or as an added pizazz to any traditional Italian meal.
The price point is slightly steeper than your average pasta sauce ($30 for two jars) making it more of a gift worthy pick — but hey, don’t we all deserve a gift?