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49 Dinners You Can Make with a Jar of Tomato Sauce

Cooking dinner at home is awesome in theory. (You’re so healthy! You’re saving so much money!) And then you think about all the ingredients you’ll need to buy. And the chopping. And the dishes. And then takeout suddenly seems like a way better idea. Wait—before you pick up the phone, check out these quick-and-easy dinner recipes that use jarred tomato sauce as a shortcut. You’ve got this.

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1. Zoodles with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Low-carb and gluten-free but still totally decadent.

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2. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Casserole

Bookmark this one for a rainy night.

Gimme Some Oven 

3. Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Hearty, saucy and ridiculously easy.

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4. Easy Ratatouille

Psst: It’s ready in under an hour.

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5. Rigatoni Pasta Pie

Who says pumpkin and cherry get to have all the fun?

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6. Eggplant Parm Casserole

In a word, yum.

Pinch of Yum

7. Three-Ingredient Creamy Tomato Shells

It practically makes itself.

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8. Baked Zucchini “Ziti” Spirals with Mozzarella

Go ahead, have seconds. (And thirds.)

Gimme Some Oven 

9. Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

Two of our favorites in one? Be still our hearts.

Two Peas and Their Pod

10. Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Cornbread optional (but strongly encouraged).

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11. Polenta and Meatballs

A new take on an old favorite.

Averie Cooks

12. Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Ditto.

Half Baked Harvest

13. Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake

This vegetarian main is secretly packed with protein.

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14. Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Eggplant Pizza

In this household, there’s a three-slice minimum.

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15. Classic Stuffed Peppers

Peppers > plates.

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16. Pizza Muffins

The most amazing invention of all time (sorry, electricity).

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17. Baking-Sheet Pizza with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Put this one-pan wonder in your weekly rotation.

Spend With Pennies 

18. Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Like pasta, but more delicious.

Pinch of Yum

19. Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

These little guys are the cutest.

Half Baked Harvest 

20. Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

On the table in just 30 minutes.

Averie Cooks

21. Cheesy Chicken Taco Skillet

The cheesier, the better.

Half Baked Harvest

22. Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna

Are dishes your nemesis? Try this.

How Sweet Eats

23. Sloppy Joe Sheet Pan Totchos

A little messy, but definitely worth it.

Carlsbad Cravings

24. Minestrone Soup

Better than the canned stuff.

Gimme Some Oven 

25. Mushroom Bolognese

Extra cheese, please.

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26. Cheater’s Prosciutto Hawaiian Pizza

Major flavor, little work.

Pinch of Yum 

27. Chicken Pizzaiola

You had us at six ingredients.

Damn Delicious 

28. Chicken Parmesan Grilled Cheese

This one speaks for itself.

Damn Delicious

29. Creamy Beef and Shells

The pasta dish of our dreams.

Minimalist Baker

30. Tomato and Vegetable White Bean Soup

An ideal (and easy) way to eat your veggies.

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31. Vegan Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Marinara Sauce

No meat, no cheese, no problem.

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32. One-Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs

This would make any Italian grandma proud.

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33. Ravioli Lasagna

You’ll never go back to regular noodles.

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34. Meal-Prep Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Start your timer for 35 minutes.

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35. Slow-Cooker Deep-Dish Pizza

No trip to Chicago—or oven—required.

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36. Chicken Parmesan Bites

Go ahead, indulge your inner child.

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37. Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey

The secret? Store-bought focaccia.

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38. Slow-Cooker Stuffed Shells

This one practically cooks itself.

Spoon Fork Bacon

39. Baked Ziti

It’s a weeknight classic for good reason.

The Modern Proper

40. Braised Chickpeas with Chard

Proof that pantry meals can be healthy too.

Cookie and Kate

41. Hearty Spaghetti with Lentils and Marinara Sauce

Lentils make a mean substitute for ground beef.

Ambitious Kitchen

42. Saucy Baked Pumpkin Pasta

Don’t save this one just for fall.

Gimme Some Oven

43. Baked Eggplant Parmesan

When messy deep frying isn’t in the cards.

What’s Gaby Cooking

44. Skillet Cheesy Chickpeas

It’s only five ingredients (and two are canned).

Half Baked Harvest

45. One-Pot 30-Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

Enchilada sauce adds a hint of spice.

Photo: Christine Han/Styling: Erin McDowell

46. Tomato and White Bean Stew on Toast

Canned beans make it even faster.

I am a Food Blog

47. Pizza Toast

Hello, lazy weeknight dinner.

Plays Well with Butter

48. Pasta Pomodoro with Chicken and Goat Cheese

You must be a fancy chef or something.

Dinner at the Zoo

49. Chicken Parmesan Sliders

File this one under “crowd pleaser.”