10 Dishes to Make with Marinara Sauce

You probably have a jar in your cabinet, so grab it and get cooking!

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We've created speedy recipes for meat loaf, lasagna, soup, pork chops, fish, and more with everyone's favorite sauce. Try one of our picks, we sampled a dozen to come up with the best of the bunch.

Kid-pleasing, mild and sweet; ultra-smooth texture.
90 calories, 4g fat, 580mg sodium

A just-right balance of sweet and tangy.
100 calories, 5g fat, 550mg sodium

Newman's Own
Thick, zesty, with an appealing herb accent.
70 calories, 2g fat, 510mg sodium

Assertive tomato taste, could easily pass for homemade.
74 calories, 4g fat, 400mg sodium

Chunky, with well-rounded flavor and hint of black pepper.
80 calories, 3g fat, 640mg sodium

Rao's Homemade
Rich, strong olive oil accent; restaurant quality; thin consistency.
80 calories, 5g fat, 350mg sodium

Looking for other ways to jazz up basic marinara? Stir in prosciutto and fresh sage or pine nuts and dried mushrooms.

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Provencal Stuffed Tomatoes

This filling, flavored with olives and capers, could also be tucked into sweet pepper halves.

Makes: 6 servings

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Cheese-Topped Meat Loaf

Use some of the sauce in the meat loaf and toss the rest with your choice of pasta.

Makes: 6 servings

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Easy Minestrone

The mini tubes of pasta called ditalini cook up quickly, but you can use any small shape.

Makes: 6 servings

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Skillet Lasagna Alla Vodka

If your family loves sausage, crumble it into the simmering sauce and cook until no longer pink.

Makes: 8 servings

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Bolognese Over Polenta

Prepared polenta, available in the grocery produce section, is ready to serve in minutes.

Makes: 8 servings

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Linguine and Red Clam Sauce

Cherry peppers add a blast of heat; adjust the amount as you prefer.

Makes: 8 servings

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Latin-Style Pork Chops

The distinctive seasoning is called alcaparrado but stuffed olives and capers also work.

Makes: 4 servings

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Swordfish Arrabbiata

This firm fish is a great match for the spicy sauce, but tuna could star as well.

Makes: 4 servings

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Shrimp & Feta

Our simplified version of a Greek favorite is done in a mere 10 minutes.

Makes: 4 servings

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Sausage "Risotto"

Instead of constantly stirring on the stove, we baked this version of Italy's classic dish.

Makes: 6 servings

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