By Vicky McDonald

When you're tired, and pressed for time you might need a little extra help in the kitchen. I'm not talking about a butler -- what I mean are recipes that make things easier for you! Recipes that use a jar of salsa or spaghetti sauce can be a big help when you've got to get dinner on the table quickly. It's not cheating, it's just improvising :) Here are some tasty classics that are full of shortcut ingredients to make dinner prep a little easier on you.

I bet you've never prepped a lasagna in 15 minutes! Store-bought cheese ravioli, and a jar of pasta sauce make this the easiest lasagna you'll ever make. According to L K, " This is one of my favorites and I probably will never make 'real' lasagna again."

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Love Eggplant Parmesan, but hate how much time it takes? It's a super labor intensive dish with all that slicing and frying. This genius recipe is so easy to put together as all the ingredients are baked inside the eggplant without any layering or frying.

Photo by Meredith

A tasty pot roast dinner with veggies that can be prepped in 15 minutes -- yes, please! This slow cooker winner is extra tasty with the help of a few store-bought packets.

Photo by Jenn Marie

Alfredo and spaghetti sauce save the day, and make this delicious baked ziti that's ready in 40 minutes.

Photo by Baking Nana

This chicken Parmesan recipe is made in a casserole which means no messy breading and frying in hot oil. It's great for a crowd, and you still get that crunch thanks to store-bought garlic croutons.

Some frozen pita breads, cheese, and store-bought pizza sauce, and you've got a delicious home-made pizza ready in 20 minutes.

Photo by Jaana Smith Bauman

Your slow cooker does the magic with this rich Italian classic that just takes 15 minutes to put together. So, sit back, and enjoy that aroma while dinner cooks.

Who knew that you could make homemade chili in less than 30 minutes. This cheater's chili is made with leftover rotisserie chicken, beans, and a jar of salsa.

Photo by Deb C