4 Quick & Easy Dishes To Whip Up With Plain Old Pasta Sauce

by Simona Terron

Time is not always on your side and when you need to rustle up a quick meal with moments to spare, there’s nothing like using a few pantry staples to create a healthy, nutritious and delicious meal.

Here’s how to make boring pasta sauce do all the work and make a meal that’s perfect for one tired work-horse or even a whole hungry family. These recipe ideas will save you time and energy.

  1. Stir Up A Soup:
    Just boil a few cups of water, throw in some chopped frozen or fresh vegetables and around a cup of pasta sauce. A handful of some small pasta like macaroni, or even the butterfly or shell-shaped variety will add nice texture and make it a heartier meal. Top with fresh herbs, toasted croutons or even a dash of cream before serving.

  2. Make Spanish-Style Rice:
    Take equal amounts of pasta sauce and water and add roughly the same amount of rice, and simmer together in a slow-cooker. Once it’s done, throw in chopped fresh scallions, maybe some capers, olives or mushrooms for a satisfying meal that’s faintly exotic.

  3. Stuff Mushroom Caps:
    Fill a bowl with breadcrumbs, grate some Parmesan cheese into it, chop up mushroom stems and mix all of this with some pasta sauce. Take this combination and stuff it into the mushroom caps. Drizzle with olive oil and bake them at 400 degrees for half an hour. Serve hot as a healthy and light snack or as a tasty side for the main meal.

  4. Prep Pizza Sticks:
    Bake basic pizza dough smeared with pasta sauce and grated Parmesan, topped with fresh or dried oregano. These can be a great snack for get-togethers or a bunch of hungry kids who can’t wait for dinner.

And if, instead if using store-bought jars of pasta sauce, you’d rather make your own healthier version at home and freeze in single portion containers for later use, here’s the recipe:


  • Half medium onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large can(28 to 35 ounces) diced tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano

  • Fresh basil, minced

  • Salt and pepper


  • Heat oil in pan, add onions and sea salt and sauté until translucent.

  • Add garlic, diced tomato and wine.

  • Bring to a boil and let boil for few minutes.

  • Reduce heat, add basil and oregano and let simmer 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Let it cool before transferring to jars for the fridge or freezer-safe containers for the deep freezer.

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