Make A Classic Tomato Pasta Sauce Then Use It For 5 Dinners

Pasta sauces can be the perfect tomato sauce to use for dinner.

Pasta recipes are fantastic for nights when it's a rushed meal. It's a fast and hearty meal that can satisfy anyone's hunger. However, there are times when the pasta sauce is more than the pasta you just cooked. For those times when you have more sauce than you know what to do with, you can use it in place of tomato sauce. 

A tomato pasta sauce is already delicious so when use it to make into something, it's going to be more delicious than if you used just an ordinary packet of tomato sauce. Whether you make the tomato sauce yourself or that's what you have on hand, here are five dinner recipes you can make better with that cup or two of tomato pasta sauce: 

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1 Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe 

All you need is little more than 1 cup tomato pasta sauce to make the creamy rice portion of this casserole. What's fantastic about this recipe is that you can definitely use leftover chicken to use on top of this rice instead of making a whole new batch of chicken. 

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2 Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Tomato Sauce Recipe 

Deviate from your usual pork liempo recipes, and make this instead. You'll love that you don't have to do anything special to the tomato sauce that's served on the side because you've already made it! Just pair that tomato sauce with this party-worthy pork dish. All you have to do is dress up and cook the pork and serve the flavorful tomato sauce. 

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3 Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe 

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Meatballs are fantastic with pasta dishes but if you're tired of eating pasta and want to go back to a good old-fashioned rice meal, try it without the pasta. The tomato sauce you could have tossed the pasta into would be fantastic when it's been simmered with the meatballs and it's just as delicious with pasta or rice.  

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4 Pan-Fried Chicken in Cream Sauce Recipe 

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Fried chicken thighs can be an easy and simple dinner but if you've got a little tomato sauce, you can make an equally easy and creamy sauce to pair with it. Swap out the sun-dried tomatoes and use any leftover tomato pasta sauce. Simmer the pasta sauce until thickened before adding the cream to create the sauce. 

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5 Shrimps in Creamy Tomato Sauce Recipe 

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If you love creamy tomato sauces, then you'll love that this is just as delicious as one of those recipes. This one, however, uses succulent shrimps so if you're even a little wary of meat, you'll love this version. 

There are more dinner recipe ideas that you can make that will make your dinner more delicious. The key here is to be creative with how you use it so you can always make a meal that's tasty and satisfying. 

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