Tomato sauce versatility for family-favorite dishes

KUSA - 9Cares Colorado Shares Summer Drive is Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.! All non-perishable food donations are appreciated, but some foods are wonderful staples for many dishes. See what you can do with a jar of tomato sauce!

Check out these dishes using tomato sauce from

Spanish Rice
Cook 1 cup rice according to the package directions,
substituting 1 cup pasta sauce for 1 cup of the water;
stir olives.

Minestrone Soup
Boil 1 jar pasta sauce and 5 cups water.
Stir in cooked small pasta, chopped mixed vegetables, canned beans
cook until vegetables are tender.

Eggs in Purgatory
Simmer 1 cup pasta sauce in a small skillet.
Crack in 2 eggs, cover and cook until the whites set; top with salt and pepper

Tuna Marinara
Simmer pasta sauce with halved olives and a drained can of tuna; toss with pasta.

Pizza Potato
Make a deep slit in baked potatoes, then stuff with some pasta sauce, chopped pepperoni and shredded mozzarella; bake at 400 degrees F until the cheese melts.

Baked Beans
Simmer 1 cup pasta sauce with 1/4 cup honey mustard, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 large can white beans until bubbly.

Sweet-and-Sour Franks
Bring 4 cups thinly sliced onions, 1 cup pasta sauce, 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons brown sugar to a boil; cover and simmer 40 minutes. Serve on hot dogs.

Italian Quesadilla
Spread some pasta sauce on a tortilla; top with grated mozzarella cheese, sliced mushrooms and shredded chicken; fold in half and pan-fry until golden.

Tomato Omelet
Whisk 3 eggs, salt and pepper; pour into a buttered skillet and top with grated cheese and a few tablespoons pasta sauce. Cook until almost firm; fold in half and cook until desired doneness.

Sloppy Joes
Brown bulk Italian sausage, chopped onions and bell peppers; stir in pasta sauce and heat; spoon onto rolls.

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