Pot of tomato sauce and spoon
Your Store-Bought Tomato Sauce Will Shine With A Little Acid
By Julia Mullaney
All you need to upgrade your grocery store tomato sauce is some acidity, such as good quality vinegar, which will help a bland sauce develop a much greater flavor profile.
Balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar both pair well with tomatoes, but if you don’t have these, you can add some fresh lemon juice to the sauce as well.
You can also try tossing in some hot sauce for a bit of tangy if nontraditional heat. Just taste it as you go; the acidity should perk it right up.
If your sauce becomes too acidic, some plain sugar will help balance this out. Plus, tomatoes are naturally acidic, so sugar helps accentuate their flavor profile.