Is Rao’s Sauce Vegan 2023? All Flavors Reviewed

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Rao’s Sauce is a popular sauce made from tomatoes, onions, garlic, and olive oil. It is often used in Italian dishes, such as pasta and pizza. Rao’s is a family-owned business, and the sauce is made in small batches to ensure quality. But is Rao’s Sauce vegan?

Several flavors of Rao’s Sauce are vegan such as Homemade Marinara Sauce, Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce and Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce to name a few. They are vegan because they don’t contain any ingredients derived from animals.

Below is a table showing Rao’s Sauce flavors and its vegan status.

FlavorVegan Status
Homemade Marinara SauceVegan.
Rao’s Arrabbiata SauceVegan.
Homemade Tomato Basil SauceVegan.
Rao’s Roasted Garlic SauceVegan.
Homemade Pizza SauceVegan.
Mushroom & Bell Pepper SauceVegan.
Sensitive Marinara SauceVegan.
Margherita Pizza SauceVegan.
Tomato Herb SauceVegan.
Homemade Bolognese SauceNo, contains Milk.
Homemade Vodka SauceNo, contains Milk.
Italian Sausage and Mushroom SauceNo, contains Sausage.
Four Cheese SauceNo, contains Milk.
Homemade Alfredo SauceNo, contains Milk.
Homemade Basil PestoNo, contains Milk.
Sun Dried Tomato PestoNo, contains Milk.
Roasted Garlic Alfredo SauceNo, contains Milk & Eggs.

Rao’s Sauce Ingredients

Below is a list of ingredients from all the flavors that I could find.

  • Italian Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • Light Cream
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Asiago Cheese
  • Basil
  • Basil Leaf
  • Black Pepper
  • Butter
  • Carrots
  • Cashews
  • Celery
  • Granular And Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • Cheese Cultures
  • Citric Acid
  • Cooked Italian Sausage
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Crushed Red Peppers
  • Cultured Celery Powder
  • Disodium Phosphate
  • Dried Chili Pepper
  • Dried Glucose Syrup
  • Egg Enzyme
  • Enzymes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Garlic Powder
  • Grana Padano Cheese
  • Granulated Roasted Garlic
  • Grated Grana Padano Cheese
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Ground White Pepper
  • Italian Cherry Tomatoes
  • Italian Style Meatball Crumbles
  • Italian Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • Lactic Acid
  • Light Cream
  • Modified Cornstarch
  • Mushrooms
  • Natural Flavorings
  • Olive Oil
  • Onions
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parmesan And Romano Cheese
  • Parsley
  • Pine Nuts
  • Pork
  • Potato Flakes (Potatoes)
  • Puree
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Red Crushed Pepper
  • Rennet
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Salt
  • Salted Egg Yolk
  • Sea Salt
  • Soy Flour
  • Spices
  • Sugar
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Thyme
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Pulp (Tomato Citric Acid)
  • Tomato Puree
  • Uncured Pancetta Crumbles
  • Vodka
  • Water
  • Whey
  • White Wine
  • Xanthan Gum


As always I’ve highlighted the ingredients that we need to take a closer look at.

Non-Vegan Ingredients


There are several ingredients made with milk such as whey, butter and cheese. These ingredients are therefore not vegan.


Some ingredients such as sausage, pancetta, and meatballs can be found in some of the flavors. Vegan don’t anything that is made from the animal kingdom.


It’s often eggs from hens and is not vegan.

Questionable Ingredients


This can be an uncertain ingredients for vegans because there is an instance where sugar could be non-vegan according to many vegans and that is refined cane sugar. Cane sugar often needs to be refined to be used in products and a common practice is to also bleach the sugar using bone char from dead cows.

Exploiting animals in the production process is not vegan-friendly, but the problem with sugar is that the source is often not disclosed and it if were, there is no way of knowing if it’s been bleached with bone char. So the only way to be sure is to contact the company and ask.


It’s amazing that so many flavors of Rao’s sauce is vegan and they are delicious too. They will enrich your cooking experience for sure. We often make pizza with Rao’s pizza sauce and the kids love it. Be sure to add Rao’s sauce to your shopping list.

Thanks for reading, take care!

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