The other night I had to jam on a quick dinner for my hubs and the kids. We love Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough for meals in a pinch. I always change up the toppings and we have a beautiful pizza in about 12 minutes. As I dashed for a jar of tomato sauce I realized we had none of our favorite on hand. I moved quickly as tummies were rumbling and had this ready in about 25 minutes. All you need is a can of crushed tomatoes, bell pepper, fresh garlic, onion and some spices to rock out a great sauce.
Sorry I do not have a photo of the pizza. Those dark night time photos are never too good looking anyway. The nice thing about pizza night is I pack get to pack a few slices in their lunch boxes for the next day. This is of course great over a bowl of pasta too.
The best thing about a big batch of tomato sauce is that it can be enjoyed for a few days in a row with all different kinds of meals. The flavor actually gets better after a day or two as the ingredients have a chance to blend together. I love topping all kinds of meats, seafood, veggies and grilled chicken with this sauce and a sprinkling of our favorite Pecorino Romano cheese.
You can add so much to this sauce, it is a great canvas for many additional flavors.
Turn it into a spicy puttanesca, add ground meat to make a bolognese. Add shrimp, seafood and spices for a fra diavolo sauce. The sky’s the limit.
What is your favorite pasta and pizza sauce? Do you have a great recipe for whole wheat pizza dough?
Tomato Sauce Recipe Links
- Chicken Parmesan with Sundried Tomato Sauce Good Life Eats
- Pasta with Pumpkin and Tomato Sauce Dulcis in Furno
- Pasta with Fire-Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce MarlaMeridith.com
- Quick Tomato and Bacon Sauce Kitchen Riffs
- Spaghetti in Spicy Tomato Sauce Lick My Spoon