9 dramatically different dinners that start with a jar of pasta sauce
Moist and flavorful meat loaf is a family favorite that kids and parents both enjoy. And with just 263 calories per serving
(2 slices, or 1/6 of the loaf), you can feel great about serving it to them. To elevate this humble dish, serve with a glass
of Chianti or a California syrah.
View Recipe: Italian-Style Meat Loaf
Baked pasta dishes rank high on our list of hearty comfort foods, and this vegetarian version is no exception. Filled with
a satisfying blend of spinach and three cheeses, the stuffed shells simmer in tomato-basil pasta sauce as the dish bakes in
View Recipe: Easy Meatless Manicotti
This slow-cooker lasagna is filled with super-satisfying flavors and textures that result in the ultimate comfort food. Three
cheeses (mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta) meld with fresh spinach and sliced cremini mushrooms. Jarred pasta sauce and
commercial pesto speed the prep time, and then the slow cooker does the work.
View Recipe: Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms
Cioppino may seem like a special-occasion meal, but it comes together quickly enough to make any weeknight a special occasion.
A medley of seafood simmers in a herb-infused broth of white wine, clam juice, and pasta sauce that's perfect for dipping
View Recipe: Mother's Cioppino
This is no run-of-the-mill burger. Sautéed peppers and onions, cooked briefly in pasta sauce, top a robust patty made from
ground turkey meat and spicy turkey sausage (removed from its casing). Serve with extra napkins.
View Recipe: Italian Burgers
The garlicky goat cheese filling, colored with flecks of fresh basil, gives this quick-and-easy dish an elegance that belies
the minimal effort required. Simmering whole garlic cloves in store-bought pasta sauce adds a layer of depth and flavor.
View Recipe: Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Garlic
Ready in just 45 minutes, these stuffed peppers burst with flavor from a saucy beef-and-rice mixture spiced with paprika,
allspice, and fresh parsley. Boil-in-bag rice and jarred pasta sauce are smart shortcuts.
View Recipe: Stuffed Peppers
Don't be fooled by the convenience products―frozen spinach, bottled roasted red peppers, refrigerated pizza dough, store-bought
pasta sauce―this finished product is much greater than the sum of its parts. Packed with calcium, and less than 300 calories
per serving, it's a real weeknight treat.
View Recipe: Spinach Calzone
Most of the effort of this classic pasta dish goes into forming the meatballs. They're as easy as meat loaf, but quicker cooking:
6 minutes in a skillet is all it takes. Then add a jar of pasta sauce, serve over spaghetti, and sprinkle with fresh basil
and shaved Parmesan.
View Recipe: Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs