Tomato sauce and tomatoes are used in a lot of American foods. The Spanish colonization of the Americas made the tomato a very popular food in America. In America, tomatoes have a notorious reputation as the main ingredient in pizza and spaghetti sauce, but tomato sauce can be eaten in many other ways. If you happen to have a few jars or cans of tomato sauce lying around and are not sure what to do with them take a look below at some of the different ways to enjoy tomato sauce.
Try tomato sauce with fried spaghetti. The use of tomato sauce is very popular in traditional boiled spaghetti. Be a bit adventurous and try tomato sauce over fried spaghetti. To make fried spaghetti, boil the spaghetti as usual, drain it and place in a well oiled frying pan. Place garlic, onions and seasoning into the pan and let everything saute with the spaghetti. When the onion and garlic brown pour in the tomato sauce and cook for an addition 4-5 minutes. Tomato sauce isn’t like spaghetti sauce and so does not have much flavor. You may have to doctor the sauce up a bit with seasonings and vegetables.
Try eating tomato sauce with eggplant. Eggplant takes a bit of preparation to make. You will have to cut it open, slice it, dip it in an egg mixture, then into breadcrumbs and finally fry it. Once the eggplant is fried many go onto prepare eggplant Parmesan which incorporates tomato (spaghetti) sauce but is a long process. A quick and delicious way to enjoy your eggplant is with tomato sauce and shredded Parmesan on a plate or with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of shredded cheese on sub bread. Remember to season up your tomato sauce to bring out its taste.
Tomato sauce eaten with chicken can be tasty. You are probably thinking what a bad combination but chicken and tomato sauce can taste great together. You will need sub type bread like Italian bread, boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (cutlets) a can of tomato sauce, bread crumbs, grated Parmesan, seasonings (oregano, salt, pepper, and basil,) oil, milk, flour and eggs to prepare the chicken. I have included a very good recipe from cooks.com for preparing chicken cutlets below. Once the chicken has been prepared, you should get your sub bread (Italian bread) and spread shredded cheese and onions on one side and (seasoned) tomato sauce on the other. Take your cutlets and place them down the middle of the bread and you will have a delicious chicken cutlet sub.
Tomato sauce on an English muffin is a quick, easy, and tasty way to enjoy tomato sauce. English muffin pizzas are kid favorites but can be enjoyed by any adult who likes pizza. To prepare an English muffin pizza you need; tomato sauce, your favorite kind of cheese and English muffins. You can also use additional foods such as; onions, red or green peppers, pepperoni, or diced or whole fried mushrooms. Preparation is simple; you first fry the additional ingredients in the pan, heat and season the tomato sauce in a separate pan and then place sauce, cheese, and remaining ingredients on to the English muffin and then toast it in the oven for a minute or two. Wait a minute or so until it cools and serve.
Tomato sauce can make a great dipping sauce. Season up tomato sauce with your favorite seasonings and use it as a dipping sauce for bread, bread sticks, and garlic bread. You can even place a bit of salsa into the tomato sauce and use it as a dip for tortilla chips.
You can use tomato sauce as a soup base. Tomato sauce is the base for minestrone and vegetable soup. If you have a vivid imagination you can prepare tasty homemade soup using tomato sauce. You can prepare a vegetable soup by using a large sized can of tomato sauce, a can of vegetable or chicken broth or even a bouillon cube, some frozen mixed veggies, fresh peppers, mushrooms (canned or fresh) onions, garlic, and herbs. Add all of these ingredients into a pot and boil it all for 10-15 minutes or to the soup is of a texture of your liking and you will have a tasty pot full of homemade vegetable soup.
Tomato sauce can be prepared with vegetable broth, herbs, salt, and pepper to make a tomato soup. You can also add cream in the tomato sauce to make the texture of the soup creamier. Tomato soup is best eaten with crackers or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Tomato sauce can be used to make Spanish rice. There is a great recipe by Chelsie Kenyon on about.com for Mexican rice (Spanish rice.) The link to this recipe is included below.
Tomato sauce can be used to make chili. Homemade chili is really filling and not too difficult to prepare. The basic ingredients to preparing homemade chill are; beans, chili powder, oregano, tomato sauce, herbs and seasonings, green peppers, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and onion powder. A really tasty recipe for homemade chili can be found below this article.