Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Mama mia! Who knew your favorite quick meal must-have — pasta sauce — could be used for so much more than simply topping spaghetti?
Here are 10 things to do with pasta sauce (beyond pasta):
Eggs in purgatory. Simmer 1 cup pasta sauce in a small skillet. Poach 2 eggs and top with pepper and grated parmesan cheese.
Chili. Take a pasta sauce shortcut to chili. Just add beans and chili powder.
Spanish rice. Cook 1 cup rice according to the package directions, substituting 1 cup pasta sauce for 1 cup of the water; stir in capers, green olives and chopped green onions.
Ratatouille. Chop bell peppers, zucchini, onion and eggplant. Toss with olive oil and garlic. Arrange in a baking dish. Add 2 parts pasta sauce to 1 part water to just cover. Bake at 350°F until vegetables are tender (about 40 minutes). Top with fresh basil.
Minestrone soup. Heat 1 jar pasta sauce and 5 cups water. Stir in cooked small pasta, chopped carrots, celery, chopped green beans and cooked kidney beans. Cook until vegetables are tender.
Italian meatloaf. Pour a jar of pasta sauce over your favorite meatloaf before baking.
Panini. Spread a layer of pasta sauce and layer your favorite melty cheese on a slice of crusty bread. Top with another slice of bread. Toast in a skillet or panini press.
Poached cod. Pour a jar of tomato sauce into a skillet. Bring to a boil. Season cod with salt and pepper, and add to the skillet. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until cod is just cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Eggplant parmesan. Try our Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan recipe for a meal with rich real Italian flavor.
Pizza. Mini Mummy Pizzas are a family-pleasing use for a jar of leftover pasta sauce.
What’s your favorite way to use pasta sauce?