10 Ingenious Ways To Use Up Leftover Pasta Sauce

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Old Sauce, New Dish

It's always hard to use up the pasta sauce at the same as you cook all the pasta, isn't it? If you, like the rest of us, have ever found yourself with a ton of extra tomato sauce on hand, there's still hope for reusing it.

There's a whole lot you can do with pasta sauce besides dumping it on some pasta. Need some inspiration? Check out these 10 recipes perfect for using up that spaghetti sauce in the back of your fridge.

Peel-n-eat shrimp, kaffir lime leaf, dried shrimp salt, cocktail sauce
Peel-n-eat shrimp, kaffir lime leaf, dried shrimp salt, cocktail sauce by T.Tseng (CC BY)

1. Cocktail Sauce

This is an easy one. No recipe necessary, really; just hit your leftover sauce with a little bit of ketchup and horseradish. It'll probably taste better than anything you could get at Red Lobster, at least.

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dan tana's chicken parm
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2. Chicken Parmigiana

There's nothing like a crispy, saucy, cheesy piece of chicken parm. The key for this magical dish is to butterfly your chicken and pound it as flat as possible before frying. You'll also want to toss it in the broiler at the end too, to get that mozzarella nice and melty. 

Recipe: Vice

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Minestrone Soup with Pasta, Beans and Vegetables
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Stuffed bell peppers

6. Stuffed Peppers

A classic! There's so much room for customization in stuffed peppers, and if you've got a good tomato sauce you can't go wrong. Italian sausage only increases the power.

Recipe: Always From Scratch

english muffin pizzas
english muffin pizzas by JaBB (CC BY-NC-ND)

7. English Muffin Pizza

Guess what? These still taste as good today as they did when you were eight years old. You don't even need pepperoni. Sauce and cheese is time-tested, unbeatable combo.

Recipe: A Mind “Full” Mom

African Peanut Stew
African Peanut Stew by A Healthier Michigan (CC BY-SA)

8. African Peanut Stew

Hearty and delicious, African peanut stew is perfect for a crockpot or pot on the stove. Tomato sauce, sweet potatoes, and peanut butter are the heart and soul of this comforting classic. You might find yourself addicted to this one.

Recipe: Cotter Crunch

Fresh baked tomato glazed meatloaf served with mashed potato
Vegetable ratatouille baked in cast iron frying pan traditional homemade

10. Ratatouille

If you've never had the dish that Pixar made famous, you're missing out. Thinly sliced root veggies and tomato sauce are the base of this veggie specialty. If you have a kitchen mandoline that you've been itching to use, this is your chance.

Recipe: Chef de Home

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