Tangy rhubarb sauce made with strawberry jello is a favorite old-fashioned rhubarb treat. Serve it over ice cream or eat it in a bowl just like you would applesauce.
Old fashioned rhubarb sauce. This was one of my great grandma’s rhubarb recipes and true to her style, her original recipe read like this:
“Add just enough water so rhubarb doesn’t stick while cooking. Add sugar to taste and jello to thicken.”
No amount on the ingredients just basic instructions.
Thankfully after some trial and error, I’ve nailed down amounts for each of the ingredients and more specific cooking instructions.
At family gatherings, this sauce would be served as a side, just like applesauce and that is my favorite way to eat it.
However, the internet told me that people like to serve rhubarb sauce over ice cream or pound cake. I’ve now tried it over ice cream and it is delicious.
How to make Rhubarb Sauce with Jello
You can make this sauce with either fresh or frozen rhubarb. If you’re using frozen rhubarb, you will need to plan ahead and let it thaw completely.
Drain the excess liquid, but don’t squeeze any out the rhubarb. I let mine thaw in a strainer over a bowl.
This recipe is simple, only 4 ingredients counting the water. You will need:
- Granulated Sugar
- Strawberry Jello
Place the rhubarb, water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes until the rhubarb is tender. Remove from the heat and stir in a package of Strawberry Jello. Let cool.
The amount of water in the recipe creates a sauce that is the consistency of applesauce when cool. It will seem runny at first, but the Jello will thicken it as it cools, especially after it is chilled in the refrigerator.
Feel free to adjust the amount of water in the recipe to thicken it to your tastes. The amount of sugar is adjustable too based on your tastes. This is a sweet sauce, thanks to the strawberry jello.
Store your rhubarb sauce in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for longer storage.
If you like this rhubarb sauce with strawberry jello, you will probably like these other vintage rhubarb dessert recipes that are reader favorites. Check them out below:
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Rhubarb Sauce with Strawberry Jello
- 8 cups rhubarb diced (see note below on using frozen rhubarb)
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 3 oz package of strawberry Jello
- Add the rhubarb, water and sugar to a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until boiled. Let simmer for 5 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender and broken down.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the package of strawberry jello. Let cool. Store in the refrigerator.
- Rhubarb Sauce is good served over ice cream or pound cake, or eaten alone, like applesauce.