Whether it’s because I’ve had a busy day, or because I’m just feeling uninspired, sometimes I need a simple-yet-delicious recipe to fall back on. Preferably one where I can just pour a few things in my crockpot, or layer some stuff into a casserole dish and throw it in the oven. On these kinds of occasions, there are a couple of ingredients that it helps to keep on hand, and one of those ingredients is a jar of pasta sauce. Sure, homemade pasta sauce is incredible and not terribly difficult to make, but a jar of store-bought pasta sauce is affordable, convenient, and opens up a world of dinner possibilities to you. (And I’m not just talking about spaghetti!) ;-)
So today I’m sharing some delicious recipes with you that all have one ingredient in common – a humble jar of pasta sauce. Hopefully you’ll start to see why I always keep a jar or two in my pantry. Because when you have a jar of pasta sauce, a tasty meal is always just a few minutes away! So let’s get started, shall we?
1. Pesto Marinara Crockpot Chicken
- 4-6 chicken breasts
- (1) 66 oz jar of pasta sauce
- 8 oz prepared pesto
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker, and cook on low for 6 hours.
Shred the chicken, stir it back into the sauce, and serve warm over pasta.
To get dinner on the table even faster, we served ours over half-size angel hair pasta. It only took 4 minutes of boiling to reach al dente perfection! The whole dish was delicious, and my family immediately requested that we have it again soon. And that definitely works for me! :-)
More Recipes Using Pasta Sauce
Here are 9 more recipes you can make using a jar of pasta sauce, from some of my favorite recipe sources from around the web! Click the underlined title to open the link for full recipes and instructions.
from One Good Thing by Jillee
from Better Homes and Gardens
from Going Cavewoman
from Damn Delicious
from Apron Strings
from Homemade Hooplah
from Melanie Makes
from Poet in the Pantry