We all have a quarter of a jar of spaghetti sauce or a cup of homemade sauce left over from time to time. It usually gets stuck in the refrigerator and a month or so later it’s pulled out with fuzz on it, only to end up going down the kitchen drain. Tomato based sauces should be used within one week or frozen for a later use. Here are some options for using up small amounts.

  • Keep a container in the freezer to add the leftover sauce to each time you have it. When there is enough, use it for a batch of spaghetti or to cook meatballs in.
  • Throw some on an English muffin, French bread or leftover hamburger roll with some cheese and make pizza snacks for the kids.
  • Throw it in the slow cooker when you’re making a roast. It will add flavor.
  • Use it on Chicken Parmesan.
  • Cut French bread into pieces - pour sauce over the bread and top with grated Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese - place in the oven until hot and serve with a salad
  • Top Bruschetta with it.
  • ¼ cup of spaghetti sauce is used in this Veggie Poached Eggs recipe

    What do you do with leftover spaghetti sauce?


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Kitchen recycling tip: Leftover spaghetti sauce
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