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Light Ragu No Sugar added tomato and basil okay? Ingredients list below. It sounds like autolyzed yeast extract is not approved? If it's not okay, please provide spaghetti sauce suggestions which are approved. Thank you!


tomato puree water

tomato paste

diced tomatoes

calcium chloride- firming aid

citric acid




onion powder

garlic poweder



autolyzed yeast extract --?????

natural flavor

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Classico tomato basil is compliant but not the "sweet basil" flavor. I think some prego varieties are good too (always double check ingredients though as they can vary by region)

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Autolyzed yeast extract is not optimal, but is not against Whole30 rules.


We avoid recommending specific brands here, as ingredients vary by region and can change.


Best bet: make your own sauce.  :)

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Read some of the more "boutique" labels on the shelf.  I have found several compliant brands in both Walmart and Publix.  The giant conglomerate stuff almost always has less-than-optimal stuff in it, but the smaller labels seem to stick closer to homemade.

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Trader Joe's Puttanesca is compliant.  The marinara isn't, unfortunately.  


Making your own is so simple though.


Can of preferred tomato puree or crushed tomatoes (I like Cento as it's just pure tomato)

Few spoonfuls of ghee or olive oil

chopped up onion


Put it all in a pan and simmer 30 - 45 mins or until sauce is desired texture.  Add salt.  Done!


You can fancy it up with basil, garlic, or whatever, but I like my sauce pretty basic.  My friends' Italian grandma says that's the way to go.   :)


Making your own is much cheaper.  You can also can or freeze for later use.  

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Classico Roasted Garlic looks compliant. I've used it off Whole 30 and just during Paleo





Diced Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Contains 2% OLO: Onions, Roasted Garlic, Olive Oil, Salt, Granulated Roasted Garlic, Spices

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