Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Reach into your cupboard and twist open a jar to spice up pasta, pizza, and meatloaf dishes faster than you can say bon appétit!
7 Ways With Jarred Tomato SauceSavory tomato sauce is bursting with flavor from herbs and spices. Stash a couple of jars of your favorite tomato marinara sauce in the cabinet and you'll be able to whip up pasta, lasagna, meatloaf and stuffed peppers on the fly.
One-Pot PastaForget take out. Convenience items keep the prep for this savory Italian meal to a lean and mean 10 minutes. What you'll need: jarred pasta sauce, ground meat, and store bought ravioli. It's dinner in flash, but the real plus is there's just one pot to clean.
Linguine with Red Clam SauceIt's hard to believe that seven ingredients and just 15 minutes of kitchen time can produce a linguine with clam sauce that rivals that of any Italian restaurant. But it does. Even the kids will love this quick and easy weeknight meal.
Italian-Style Meat LoafMeatloaf takes on the flavors of Italy when jarred tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and herb laced bread crumbs are mixed with lean ground meat. The prep takes just minutes but the moist, flavorful end product makes it seem like you spent hours in the kitchen.
Stuffed PeppersMaking stuffed peppers is easy with boil-in-the-bag rice, ground meat, and bottled pasta sauce. Parmesan cheese, Italian spices and a splash of red wine add rich flavor as the peppers bake.
Three-Cheese Veggie PizzaWith a store bought pizza crust, bottled marinara sauce and your favorite veggies it's easy to create a luscious masterpiece that far outshines blah delivery pizza. Try this combo of artichokes, roasted bell peppers, sautéed mushrooms, capers and three different cheeses, or concoct your own masterpiece.
Speedy LasagnaA contender for the Indy 500 of fast weeknight meals, this lightning fast lasagna recipe goes from refrigerator to table in less than an hour. The secret time savers: no-cook noodles ricotta, shredded Parmesan and bottled pasta sauce enhanced with dried basil and sausage cooked in the microwave.
Sausage and PeppersA pan sautéed sauce of multicolored bell peppers and turkey Italian sausage and bottled marinara makes a quick meal when teamed with your favorite cooked pasta. By the time the pasta is cooked, the sauce is ready. Bon appétito.