Turn Sunday Tomato Sauce into a Week's Worth of Diverse Dinners
Turn your tomato sauce into a week's worth of delicious dinners -- from cacciatore to stuffed peppers, enchilada casserole to quick cabbage rolls. You'll start with an all-purpose tomato sauce. Make a big ol' batch on a sleepy Sunday. Once you've slow-simmered the sauce, you're ready for a week's worth of delicious, diverse dinners. Here are fourteen 5-star recipes, so you'll have plenty to choose from!
Chef John's Baked Eggs
"If you enjoy huevos rancheros, you will love this," says Chef John. "The way the spicy marinara sauce mingles with just barely set eggs is very similar, and when you start scooping this up with toasted chunks of bread, it gets borderline magical."
Baked Italian Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs are topped with marinara sauce and a blend of cheeses. "Serve over pasta or rice or alongside roasted potatoes for a tasty weeknight meal," says France C. "I like to shred my own cheese, as I find it melts better, but feel free to use pre-shredded to save time."
Chef John's Stuffed Peppers
Seasoned meat, rice and tomatoes are stuffed into tender sweet peppers, then baked with a rich marinara and beef broth sauce. "ABSOLUTELY AMAZING," raves ousooner1. "The marinara sauce is a must. I served these on a bed of rice, drizzled sauce on rice and placed peppers on top. This combination of flavors sent our taste buds into overdrive."
Melissa's Chicken Cacciatore
Black olives, marinated artichoke hearts, and Madeira wine combine with chicken breasts and marinara sauce in this comfort-food classic. "Excellent and easy to make," raves sharyn. "Great flavor."
Chef John's American Goulash
"This is one of those very simple dishes that does not taste simple -- perfect for your weeknight dinner rotation," says Chef John."One of my all-time favorite comfort food meals growing up was the beef goulash they served in my school cafeteria alongside a slice of buttered white bread and a carton of milk. Little did I know that it wasn't really goulash, but an Americanized version, invented to stretch a small amount of beef into enough food for a not-so-small family."
Curry Stand Chicken Tikka Masala Sauce
Chunks of chicken breast simmer in a spicy tomato and cream sauce. "The creaminess of the tomato sauce with the spices was perfect," says TOODLESTEACHES. "It was really easy, too."
Cabbage Rolls II
Cabbage leaves are stuffed with ground beef, onions, and rice, then placed in the slow cooker and covered in a sweet, tangy tomato sauce. "Great Recipe," raves WISSAMO. "This was a breeze to make and tasted awesome. I doubled the sauce mixture only because I like alot of it!"
Wazzu Tailgate Chili
A simple chili that's full of spicy flavor. "This recipe has won me a Best Overall Chili trophy at my work's Chili Cook Off two years in a row," says soapscrubs.
Turkey Spaghetti Zoodles
"A super-simple, one-pot dinner that's low calorie, low-carb, paleo, gluten-free and takes just 10 minutes to make," says Megan Olson. "This will be your go-to weeknight dinner! Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator up to 3 days."
"Pantry Raid" Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This tasty Mexican-inspired casserole requires just a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand, including black beans, tomato sauce, cheese, some common spices, and a box of corn bread mix.
Saucy Slow Cooker Pork Chops
You'll simmer pork chops in the slow cooker with a flavorful tomato sauce. "The sauce is fantastic," raves SamsMom. "It exceeded my expectations! Delicious!"
Personal Portobello Pizza
With these personal pizzas, portobello mushrooms stand in for pizza crusts. Top it with tomato sauce and your favorite pizza toppings. "Excellent," says NARAKU. "I marinated my mushroom in a bit of Italian dressing for a little extra flavor, and with a little cheese and tomato sauce, it was wonderful."
Sirloin Tips and Mushrooms
Cubes of beef sirloin are browned with garlic then simmered until tender with mushrooms in tomato sauce and red wine. "This was so easy and so good," says junglepeachpie. "I used more tomato sauce, wine, and garlic."
Spicy Kimchi Chicken Rotini
Korean cuisine marries Italian in this spicy kimchi and chicken pasta recipe -- quick and easy to prepare for a weeknight meal. "This spaghetti has a kick of spiciness and the tang of Korean kimchi!" says jennydotdot. "Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired!"