Are you tired of using the same boring pasta sauce from a jar, but don’t have time to make pasta sauce from scratch? Here are some easy ways to jazz up your favorite pre-made sauces, or to make your own sauce in just minutes! These are recipes that the whole family will love! And they can be used in place of your standard spaghetti sauce, or as a base for your favorites, like chicken parmesan or meat sauce.
For a light pasta sauce that tastes creamy and cheesy, we love this recipe for Creamy Tomato Goat Cheese Pasta. It is simple, fresh, and easy to make! We love it for lunch or on a summer night when you're in the mood for a light dinner. This pasta recipe pairs great with salad or fresh fruits and vegetables.
CREAMY TOMATO GOAT CHEESE PASTA
5oz goat cheese
2tbs olive oil
3tbs hummus or sour cream
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes + oil
Fresh Basil leaves
Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 box Penne or Rotini Pasta
- Cook the pasta
- Save 1/2 cup pasta water, then strain and rinse pasta and put aside
- In a pan over low to medium heat add pasta water, olive oil, Revved Up Spicy Cayenne, and hummus (or sour cream). Stir until combined
- Add in goat cheese. Stir until thick and smooth consistency.
- Turn heat to low. Add in sun dried tomatoes and oil. Stir for 2-3 minutes.
- Add in basil leaves. Stir until slightly wilted (about 1 min).
- Pour sauce over pasta. Grate parmesan cheese over the top to taste. Serve.
Spaghetti Arrabbiata is a classic slightly spicy tomato sauce, but the flavors can fall a little flat. Here is our recipe to turn this basic sauce into a noteworthy meal. We like to add to some Revved Up Hot Sauce for some added spice, and you can also add it to the roasted tomatoes for an extra zing. We also add fresh veggies to this recipe to make it healthier and more filling. Pairs great with garlic bread and red wine.
ZESTY SPAGHETTI ARRABBIATA
24oz Arrabbiata sauce (Jarred) or homemade
10oz Grape Tomatoes
4 tbs Lemon juice
4 tbs Olive oil
- Cut the grape tomatoes in half. Place on baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle with 2 tbs olive oil, 2 tbs lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Roast in oven or until tomatoes begin to shrivel and edges are lightly browned
- Cut 2 inches off stems of broccolini. Add remaining olive oil to pan with broccolini. Sprinkle with remaining lemon juice. Sauté until the broccolini is bright green and some of the stems and tips of the florets are lightly charred, 5 to 7 minutes.
- In sauce pan over low to medium heat, add arrabbiata sauce, Spicy Cayenne Hot Sauce, broccolini, and roasted tomatoes. Stir for about 5 mins, or until hot. Add fresh spinach. Stir until spinach is slightly wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
- Pour sauce over spaghetti. Grate parmesan cheese over the top to taste. Serve.
If you often resort to spaghetti as your go-to family dinner when you’re in a time crunch, but are tired of the same simple flavors, this recipe is for you! It takes a jarred spaghetti sauce, and adds just a few simple ingredients that make it taste homemade without all the extra time and effort! It is a great time saver, but it also tastes fresh and delicious!
EASY WAYS TO UPGRADE YOU JARRED SPAGHETTI SAUCE - TASTES HOMEMADE
Your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce
1 Large Yellow Onion
5 Cloves Garlic
10 oz Grape Tomatoes
2 tbs Lemon juice
5 tbs Olive oil
- Chop the garlic. Cut the grape tomatoes in half.
- On a baking sheet with parchment paper, place grape tomatoes and half of the chopped garlic. Drizzle with 2 tbs olive oil, 2 tbs lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Roast in oven until tomatoes begin to shrivel and edges are lightly browned.
- Chop the onion. Add to sauce pan with remaining olive oil. Sauté over medium heat until lightly browned. Add in spaghetti sauce and remaining garlic. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
- Add roasted tomatoes to sauce. For best results, do not include the roasted garlic. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Pour over your favorite spaghetti, and serve!