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Kitchen 101: 5 Ways to Reuse Extra Pasta Sauce

March 3, 2015

Quick Tomato Sauce Recipes to Make the Most of Leftovers

Few recipes are as versatile as a big batch of tomato sauce. So why not embrace your leftovers tomato_sauceand actually plan on making some extra sauce in the first place? Tomato sauce can be used in everything from soups to eggs, and works well with any pasta product in your cupboard. If you are still wondering what else you can create with that tomato goodness, we have some ideas for you. Here are five ways to reuse leftover pasta sauce that will have your family looking forward to leftovers:

Make a Pizza

Top a pre-made pizza crust with a cup of cold sauce, add mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings. Bake as directed and you have a fast, easy pizza. If you are feeling ambitious, here’s a quick whole wheat pizza dough recipe!

Easy Chili

Add chili powder to your tomato sauce for an Italian-style chili. Add a can of kidney beans, black beans, cooked ground beef and heat over medium until hot. Top with cheddar cheese and sour cream. Bring out the tortilla chips and you’ve got a quick, easy feast. This is great over steamed rice too.

Super Simple Sloppy Joes

A classic childhood favorite the family will love. You’ll love it because it’s fast, easy, and delicious.


Sauté chopped onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic. Add ground beef, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and continue cooking until meat is browned (break up with a fork or large spoon). Add tomato sauce, red wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce to meat mixture. Simmer for about five minutes until bubbling hot. Scoop out and pile high on soft sandwich rolls for a kid-friendly and delicious dinner you can make in 15 minutes.

Shrimp with Spinach Over Linguine

Here’s another 15-minute dish you can sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy.


Sauté cleaned shrimp in olive oil for about two minutes until shrimp turns bright pink. Add tomato sauce, heat thoroughly. Add fresh spinach and fresh basil. Cook until greens are limp. Serve over cooked Linguine. Simple.

Italian Sausage Sandwiches in Sauce

Here’s a fast version of an Italian-American family favorite. You’ll have the family requesting this dish over and over. Adjust the amount of sausage to the number of people you are feeding.


Brown Italian sausage in a skillet with a little olive oil, add peppers and onions. Sauté until sausage is nicely browned and vegetables are softened. Add tomato sauce. Put in oven at 375-degrees for approx. 45-60 minutes. The longer you cook, the softer the sausage, which should result in melt-in-your -mouth goodness. Serve sausage on roll, top with plenty of sauce and grated cheese.

Tip: Cut hot sausage in half so you can easily distinguish hot from sweet sausage.

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

An extra bonus for the grownups.


Mix together in a pitcher; season with celery salt, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Pour over iced cubes, add a pickle, celery stick and enjoy!

Tomato Sauce Freezing Tip: Fill freezer bags with approx. 1 – 2 cups cold pasta sauce. Take out as needed for recipes.


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