If you have made my Tomato Sauce for meat free Monday you’ll probably have some left over. You might be looking for some ways to jazz up the leftovers! One of the things I have become a lot better at over the years is reducing kitchen waste. This is partly through better planning before my supermarket shop but also it is amazing how you can make a mixture of odds and ends in the fridge into a delicious meal.
So here are three ways to change that Tomato Sauce into another yummy meal without much effort! All of these dishes serve 4.
1. Chilli and Chorizo Tomato Sauce
I love using chorizo in recipes – a little goes a long way so a great budget friendly addition to any recipe.
1 generous pinch chilli flakes (or as much a you want – depends how spicy you like it! I leave it out for the kids)
A drizzle of olive oil
Drizzle a bit of olive oil into a frying pan and heat up. Sprinkle in the chilli flakes and fry until you can smell the chilli. Add the chorizo and continue to fry until it caramelizes on the outside.
Stir through the tomato sauce and voila a spicy alternative to yesterdays meal.
2. Tuna and Olives
You can’t go wrong with this combo, so quick and easy and quite delicious! It’s also a great way to get some oily fish into your kiddies. Mine love olives to the extreme.
1 200g can tuna, drained (I use the tuna in olive oil for this dish)
3 tbsp pitted Kalamata olives
1 1/2 tsp capers
Heat up the left over tomato sauce.
Add the tuna, olives and capers and bring the sauce to a simmer. Make sure you don’t break the tuna up too much. Once heated through serve.
3. Tomato, bacon and mushroom pasta bake
This is a great dish that can be prepared in advance to save you time and mini meltdowns from overtired very hungry children! Something I am learning more about at the moment.
4 rashers bacon
150g finely chopped mushrooms
1-2 tbsps of olive oil
1 clove of crushed garlic
2-3 cups cooked pasta
3 tbsps parmesan cheese
Heat the olive oil in the frying pan and add the garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes. Add the mushrooms and fry over a medium heat until they are juicy and moist.
Meanwhile grill the bacon and then chop into small pieces once crispy.
Combine the mushrooms, bacon, tomato sauce and 2-3 cups of cooked pasta and pour into a casserole dish. Top with the grated cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 180 ‘C until golden and crispy on top.