By Carl Hanson

Pantry Power: Spaghetti Sauce

We love using prepared spaghetti sauce or pasta sauce in lasagna recipes, ziti recipes, manicotti, and simple spaghetti dinners. But here, we've taken a jar of sauce in new directions in the delicious pursuit of quick, easy, and deliciously different weeknight meals!

1. Italian Country Style Ribs

"This is a recipe that I came up with when I got tired of 'the same old thing,'" says Annelle. "It's easy and delicious. You can add things like mushrooms or peppers. Serve with white rice or noodles, salad and bread. You can pour the sauce over the rice/noodles."

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2. Brenda's Pepperoni Chicken Rollups

Pound your chicken breasts thin and fill them with pepperoni and mozzarella. Roll 'em up, top with spaghetti sauce, and bake. "This came out great," says AuntKitty. "Very easy to make and very delicious. Using thin sliced chicken cutlets saved time and everything went together quickly."

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3. Lasagna Burritos

Wrap saucy, beefy, cheesy lasagna rolls in flour tortillas for the ultimate fusion food! "When you take 2 great recipes -- lasagna and burritos -- and make them something new, you get a meal that's unique!" says ElyseJO.

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4. Simple Lasagna Burgers

"Leftover Italian sausage and ricotta cheese combined with a craving for a juicy burger was the inspiration for this quick creation," says scheffdawg. "For a little extra kick, use hot Italian sausage and add your favorite hot sauce to taste while mixing together the meats."

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5. Italian Style Chili

"This is an easy-to-make departure from traditional chili," says AmyHood. "This recipe calls for pepperoni, mushrooms, and a jar of prepared spaghetti sauce. Every time I make this for others, I am always asked for the recipe."

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6. Meatball Sandwich

Here's a saucy baked meatball sandwich made with seasoned ground beef, baked in the oven and served on lightly toasted baguette topped with prepared tomato sauce and melted provolone cheese. "So easy and good!" raves hotdiggitydogs. "I've made it several times for my family and friends -- we've all loved it! I also have made the meatballs separate a few times and served with noodles. It's great!"

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7. Spaghetti Tacos

These wacky tacos were inspired by an episode of a popular kids' comedy TV show. They're fast, fun, and simple to make. Just load up a crispy taco shell with pasta and spaghetti sauce, sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese, and enjoy! "My kids wanted these after seeing them on one of their favorite TV shows," says Kitty Johnson. "Very quick and easy."

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8. Halloumi Parmigiana

"Breaded and fried halloumi adds a new dimension to an Italian favorite," says Buckwheat Queen. "It's a multitasking recipe, but produces a complete meal. It's definitely worth the effort."

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9. Tomato Mushroom Meatloaf

"Yummy, moist meatloaf with an Italian twist of spaghetti sauce," says Lisa.

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10. Enhance That Jar of Spaghetti Sauce

"I never have enough sauce from just a jar alone," says J.Mohojo. "I also like the taste of fresh ingredients. I like to combine both in this recipe! The red wine makes all the difference. Serve on favorite noodles with mozzarella cheese and mushrooms on top."

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4 More Ways to Use Spaghetti Sauce

Pizza Fondue

Forget waiting for the pizza-delivery guy! Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cool 1 lb. ground beef in a large cast-iron skillet until no longer pink. Add 2 cups frozen fire-roasted corn and a 24-oz. jar spaghetti sauce or red pasta sauce. Bring to a boil, then stir in 3/4 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese. Unroll an 11-oz package refrigerated breadsticks and loosely weave on top of filling. Sprinkle with pizza seasoning. Bake until golden brown and bubble, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Cheater BBQ Sauce

Out of barbecue sauce right when you need it most? Just stir together 1 cup spaghetti sauce or red pasta sauce, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon each mustard and cider vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through. If you like it hot, add a little cayenne.

Shortcut Gazpacho

Here's a simple Spanish-inspired version of the classic chilled soup. Stir together a 24-oz. jar spaghetti sauce or red pasta sauce, 2 cups water, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon each sugar and olive oil in a large bowl. Stir in a chopped cucumber, 1 cup chopped red and/or yellow bell pepper, and 1/4 cup each chopped red onion and fresh basil. Season to taste with hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Cover and chill 2 to 3 hours to blend flavors.

15-Minute Shakshuka

There's no reason comfort food as good as this can't be quick. Simply saute 1 cup each chopped onion and green bell pepper in a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add a 24-oz. jar spaghetti sauce or red pasta sauce, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Bring to a simmer. Crack an egg into a dry 1/3-cup measuring cup. Press cup about 1/2 inch into sauce, then turn over to let egg flow into the indentation. Repeat with 3 more eggs, spacing them out in the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until egg whites are set and yolks are desired doneness, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle servings with a little chopped Italian parsley and crumbled feta cheese.

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