10 Great Ways to Use Marinara Sauce Besides Making A Pasta Dish

Here are a few delicious reasons to always have your favorite tomato sauce on hand.

Marinara or tomato sauce is a simple concoction of tomatoes, herbs, and garlic but it makes all the difference to so many meals. Buy your tomato sauce in bulk and you’ll always have a use for it. Making your own marinara is super rewarding: you can control what goes in it and make it exactly to how you like it.


Plus, marinara is only the beginning. There are so many recipes that use marinara. It’s so different compared to if you were only to use generic tomato sauce. Here’s an easy recipe if you haven’t made your own tomato sauce yet:


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Making this versatile sauce is easier than you might think!


Ready to get started on your marinara journey? Here are a few delicious ideas: 



1 Afritada
Even though marinara is of Italian origin, it’s used in a lot of Spanish-Filipino including this classic.


There is so much to love about this hearty chicken and tomato stew.

Hunker down with this tomato-based stew.



2 Menudo

Another Filipino dish, menudo is a hearty meal that is pulled together by a rich tomato sauce.


This popular Filipino dish can also be cooked in a slow cooker!

Add heat to your fave Pinoy dish!





3 Creamy Tomato Soup

Get some blanched or roasted vegetables and puree them with your marinara. You can add cream and season with salt and pepper, and you get a truly delicious, healthy creamy tomato soup.


Making a mean grilled cheese sandwich? Don't forget to pair it with a chunky, tangy soup.




4 Meatballs in Marinara

Make some meatballs, fry them, cook them in marinara, add pasta and voila! Classic meatball pasta right there.



To achieve a good meatball you'll have to: Brown it, season it properly, and use the right amount of binders to keep the meat together.




5 Ratatouille

Some variations of ratatouille use a vegetable puree in the pan before laying out the beautiful thin cuts of vegetables. In this case, marinara works wonders.


This classic French dish makes use of different kinds of vegetables.





6 Minestrone

Instead of canned diced tomatoes, you can use marinara sauce for this delicious vibrant soup.


This simple recipe is a one-pot wonder and a hearty meal all on its own.




7 Shakshuka

Don’t let the foreign name fool you, this dish is really easy to make. It's a really delicious tomato sauce-and-egg dish! 


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This popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish also works as a hearty brunch, light dinner, or even a midnight snack.





8 Pizza

Whatever you decide to be your pie crust tobe—be it a pizza dough, pandesal or even sliced eggplant—marinara is one component that you can’t miss out on.


This is a quick, easy, and nutritious version of pizza!

This pizza is topped with tinapa, Pampanga tocino, Vigan longganisa, Lucban longganisa, and itlog na maalat!




9 Fish Parmigiana

Marinara’s acidity perfectly complements fish, turning up its freshness.


Everything your child needs - protein, carbs, veggies -comes together on one yummy plate.





10 Mozzarella sticks

Gooey, milky, crunchy mozzarella sticks’ best friend will always be the trusty marinara.


It's the perfect party appetizer!



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