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Sep 3, 2013 09:05 AM

Ideas to Use Homemade Tomato Sauce - non Pasta dishes

hi - we are the lucky owners of gallons of delicious homemade tomato sauce in our freezer. but we are watching our carbs and are having trouble coming up with ideas on what to do with our treasure, now that pasta is not an option.

thanks for any ideas.

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  1. Good on spaghetti squash, especially with a spoonful of pesto.

    1. I often just make a protein like sausages, meatballs. bracoile, eggplant etc and serve with grated parm, no pasta! Don't forget chili too.

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      1. re: treb

        I do the same and add fresh ricotta cheese right on top. Delish.
        Chili is a great idea too.

      2. zucchini "lasagne"?
        An eggplant layered casserole (very much like zucchnie lasagne I suppose!)
        eggplant or veal/chicken parmigiana, using parmesan instead of breading

        1. Roast eggplant, peppers, zucchini, onions, whatever. Dice and mix in some sauce, forming a thick soup. Sprinkle with cheese. Devour.

          1. My first choice would be to braise some thick slices of Boston Pork Butt (or some meaty ribs of pork or beef) in the sauce. Add some veggies to the braise as well to balance things out. Stewed chicken legs & thighs would also be good (use breasts if you must...but don't overcook them). Some grated Pecorino Romano and properly crusty bread served with either one of these makes me very happy.

            A Spanish style tortilla (or Italian frittata) would probably be very nice with a spoonful or two of the sauce ladled over as well.

            There's also the more obvious applications as well: as a part of your chicken, veal, or eggplant parm dishes.

            And one of my favorites, as an accompaniment to a good Mozzarella en Carozza.

            You could probably also use it as a base for some soups.

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            1. re: The Professor

              Your mention of eggs gave me some ideas... poach eggs in the sauce, there are many ethnic variations of this (huevos rancheros) so why not italian style?

              1. re: julesrules

                This sounds delicious to me. I've poached eggs in tomato soup before and that was good - I bet using good tomato sauce would be even better. Especially if served over garlic bread.

                1. re: Aravisea

                  Love the middle eastern version, tomato sauce is spiked with harissa and zaatar, and hot pita on the side

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    Yum! Although I just remembered what the OP said about no carbs. I still think this would be delicious served over any number of vegetables in lieu of being served with bread or pita.

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Shakshuka! Essentially you can put in whatever you want as long as you start with tomatoes. A bit of middle eastern sense helps.

                  2. re: julesrules

                    Eggs in Purgatory is the Italian version.

                    Oh and ratatouille, don't know how that wasn't first on my list.