2.15.2012

Uses for leftover spaghetti sauce


I have made it my goal to save money on groceries.  As a family of nine, with four teenage boys, we spend an extraordinarily large amount of money on food.  Whether you have four or nine at your table, almost everyone ends up with leftovers.  My children will eat leftovers, but it's never enough to feed everyone, so I don't usually serve them as a second dinner.  The boys will snack on them and I usually eat them for lunch since I abhor sandwiches.

One item that we usually end up throwing away is spaghetti sauce.  For some reason, no one eats reheated spaghetti.  I started saving the sauce and not the noodles because the noodles were the problem.  I decided to get creative with ways to use the sauce.  Here are a few of our favorites.

French Bread Pizza
I usually use the leftover garlic bread.  I spoon the meat sauce on the bread, then top with some cheese and throw it in the oven.  The kids love this so much, I'm tempted to make the meat sauce and just do this to begin with.  During summers on the ranch with my grandparents, my grandmother used to make this for me for lunch on english muffins.

Baked Ziti
If there is a larger quantity left over, I will boil some ziti and mix the sauce in with some cheese and freeze in a casserole dish.  This is great for those days when we have football games or late activities.  I can just take it out of the freezer and throw it in the oven.

Italian Soup
This is one way to use up more than just the sauce.  I take the extra veggies we have had and throw those in too.  If I don't have any, then I just open a few cans and voila, instant meal.  I like to dice a few potatoes, carrots, an onion and some bell pepper.  I will also put in green beans and maybe corn.  By using the leftover sauce, I don't have to add as much seasoning to the soup.  The broth I add is fairly salty and the sauce is pretty heavily seasoned.  Be sure to taste test before you add anything else.

Pizza Pockets
You can take crescent dough or french bread dough, roll it out so there are no seams and cut it into squares.  Put a dollop of sauce with a sprinkle of cheese and fold it over and seal the edges.

Chicken
I take some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and put them in a baking pan.  Thin the spaghetti sauce down with a little bit of broth and pour over the chicken breasts.  Bake until cooked through.



6 comments:

Leiah said...

Love these ideas!

PS: You can buy crescent sheets now - no seams, and they're about the same prices as the rolls. Only things is, I buy the store brand and I haven't found those yet. {Le sign}

Michelle said...

We are fans of the baked Ziti. I only have one teenage son and I feel like it is all I can do to keep him in food and clothes that fit.

Stacey said...

Great ideas. My 13 year old is ALWAYS hungry.

I can't even imagine how much you spend in groceries!

Tara said...

Great ideas! I am not a fan of most leftovers. I will eat spaghetti leftovers though.

Tori said...

You can "pan fry" your left over spaghetti noodles with a drizzle of olive oil and some parmesan cheese until crispy on both sides. So good! Sometimes I make just the spaghetti so I can make this.

Geri Payne said...

I am in awe right now.... :) We have 9 in our house as well! 5 girls and 2 boys, none of them of course teens yet but getting there. I am definitely going to use some of these recipes for leftover spaghetti sauce! We have always had such an issue with sauce leftovers because only 1 of the 9 actually likes spaghetti sauce. The others will eat one bowl with sauce and then all they want is plain noodles with butter, garlic, and parmesan! HA! My wife ad I usually end up eating the spaghetti sauce by making fried spaghetti and we will eat it. I will keep your blog close by now that there is someone who understands our 7 children wild side! :)