When you think about pasta sauce you think it should be served over pasta, but there are so many other great recipes that can make use of it as an ingredient. From breakfast to snack to dinner Great Value Pasta Sauce is an excellent addition to your menu. Try an absolutely delicious Shakshouka Goes to Italy made easy with Great Value Onion and Garlic Pasta Sauce and amazing Powerhouse Pizza Rollups with the luscious Great Value Four Cheese Pasta Sauce. All of these recipes incorporate this underused condiment in unique and tasty ways!
This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of Walmart Canada’s Made Better with Great Value Pasta Sauce! program. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.
I am lucky. I feel lucky every day. My Baby had a very rough start in life and spent more than 7 weeks in the hospital after being born but once she got home it was easy. Well, not really easy but in comparison to all the weeks in the NICU it felt much better. I went back to cooking almost right away after we got home and I haven’t stopped since. Of course there are days when she has meltdowns and tantrums; there are still nights when she doesn’t sleep; there are weeks when she refuses to eat more than a spoonful of anything. But overall I am lucky as I get to cook and photograph and blog with her by my side. At first she was sleeping in her little bouncy chair right next to me in the kitchen while I chopped and stirred and cooked. As she got bigger she moved to her high chair watching me carefully from this new and unusual vantage point. Lately, as she’s becoming more and more mobile, she’s sitting on the floor next to my working surface, playing with my measuring cups (best toy ever!), opening her mouth eagerly when I give her a piece of tomato or a slice of cucumber. I talk to her when I cook sometimes: this is an onion, this is a carrot, this is garlic. Sometimes she looks up with curiosity but most often she ignores me. I look forward to her standing on a chair in the near future and helping me while I chop and stir and cook.
A few months ago when Baby went through a phase of refusing any solids, in desperation I gave her a piece of lasagna that I just made. Surprisingly, she gobbled it all up without any teeth and asked for more. After a few weeks of experimenting it turned out that she loves pasta sauces! Since then I’ve been looking for ideas on how to incorporate pasta sauce into recipes that aren’t just pasta. As it turned out, it’s extremely easy and delicious. As a stay at home mom I don’t have access to a car during the week, so I have to rely on the stores that are within walking distance from my home. Over the past year I’ve been going to Walmart a lot and I love their Great Value line of products. Great Value Onion and Garlic Pasta Sauce is chunky and you can taste the ingredients; it’s fresh and delicious and, most importantly for me, not very salty. I find that a lot of pasta sauces have too much salt, but this particular kind doesn’t have salt listed as one of its first ingredients, so that’s a plus. Great Value Four Cheese Pasta Sauce is smooth and creamy, made with ricotta, Parmesan, Romano, and provolone cheese, it’s perfect for dipping. Baby liked both but she preferred the chunkier Onion and Garlic sauce.
First recipe I tried was Powerhouse Pizza Rollups. I have to confess, it was my first time using refrigerated crescent rolls dough and I loved it! It was so satisfying hearing the packaging lightly pop and the dough spill out. The recipe comes together really easy and I can totally see how Baby would love helping me making these Pizza Rollups in the future. It’s so easy: slice bell pepper into thin strips, crumble some feta, unroll the crescent rolls and assemble. A little bit of the delicious Great Value Four Cheese Pasta Sauce, a few spinach leaves, cut up bell peppers and feta. Roll, bake, and serve with more sauce! Baby was super curious about the sauce and loved the rollups. She shoved the whole thing into her mouth and sat there happily, not even able to chew at first.
Powerhouse Pizza Rollups
- Preheat oven to 375F (190C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Separate crescent rolls into eight triangles and space evenly on baking sheet.
- At the wide end of each triangle, place a generous teaspoonful of Great Value Four Cheese Pasta Sauce. Top with three or four baby spinach leaves. Add three or four pepper strips and one teaspoon of feta to each triangle. Roll up each triangle loosely. Careful not to overload contents, as it could result in improperly cooked rolls.
- Transfer sheet to oven and bake for 11-13 minutes.
- Serve with remaining Great Value Four Cheese Pasta Sauce for dipping.
The next day I made Shakshouka Goes to Italy. This recipe for eggs poached in tomato sauce was on my list to make for a few years yet I never got around to it as making tomato sauce from scratch always seemed like overkill for such a supposedly simple meal. This time around I used Great Value Onion and Garlic Pasta Sauce as the base for the Shakshouka. I sautéed some chopped onion and bell peppers, added the pasta sauce and brought the mixture to boil. I then added the eggs to the pan and cooked for a few more minutes. Original recipe called to serve this with chopped basil but I prefer parsley so I used that herb instead. It was delicious!!! An extremely easy and very satisfying meal, it’s perfect, not just for breakfast or brunch, but also for a light and quick dinner. I will definitely be making this recipe again and again. The best part is with Great Value Onion and Garlic Pasta Sauce it’s also a very inexpensive recipe to make.
Shakshuka goes to Italy
- In a large skillet, heat canola oil to medium high. Add onions and peppers and cook for three minutes, stirring often.
- Add Great Value Onion and Garlic Pasta Sauce and stir to combine with onions and peppers. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
- Make four indentations in the sauce and break in the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until eggs are set.
- Remove from heat, top with fresh basil.
- With a large serving spoon, transfer two eggs to a pasta bowl. Divide remaining sauce evenly between bowls. Serve with grilled garlic toast.
I am also looking forward to trying Great Value Alfredo Pasta Sauce as Alfredo sauce is my secret indulgence. I am eyeing the recipe for Cheesy Chicken Nachos as it sounds quite easy and nachos are one of my favourite snacks!