Take the time to boil and bubble a pot of homemade tomato sauce on Sunday, then reap the delicious benefits all week as you find yourself reaching for that jar of leftovers to deliver an unexpected shot of flavour.

Ricardo's Tomato SauceStart with Ricardo’s 3-Step Tomato Sauce.

Shakshuka with Crumbled Feta

Shakshuka
Also known as Eggs in Purgatory, this tomato and egg dish gets a whack of flavour from sautéed onions and red bell peppers stewed in leftover tomato sauce that’s be flavoured with bold cumin and smoked paprika. Simply crack in a few eggs and simmer until set. Serve with a flourish of chopped fresh parsley, crumbled feta and thick wedges of buttered toasted baguette or pita.

Winter Minestrone

Winter Minestrone

Boxed broth combined with a half cup of leftover tomato sauce creates the flavourful base for a super quick, super healthy bowl of belly-warming minestrone. Just mix low sodium beef or vegetable broth and about a cup of your leftover sauce with Giada’s flavour-boosting combination of diced carrot, celery, pancetta, Swiss chard and cannelloni beans and finish with fresh-grated Parmesan.

almond crusted baked eggplant parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

Crispy almond crusted baked eggplant casserole gets doused with your best homemade leftover sauce and a generous lid of gooey melted mozzarella. Eat with a side of pasta for a heartier dish or simply serve with a leafy green salad dressed with vinaigrette to help balance out this indulgent winter dish.

Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs with Rice

Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs with Red Rice

Dip your threaded shrimp and chorizo skewers in leftover sauce and then add another splash to make a fast and flavourful rice. This stir-fry like saucy rice dish gets jazzed up thanks to a mash up of red onions, garlic, chili powder and smoked paprika.

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