I was fortunate to be selected recently to participate as a Mombassador for Nello’s Sauce which means I get jars of their 3 delicious tomato sauce flavors delivered to my doorstep periodically. Pretty awesome in itself. But what I also love about Nello’s Sauce is that it’s locally owned right here in my city of Raleigh, NC, and made with all the good stuff (vine ripened tomatoes; extra virgin olive oil) and without all the bad (no high fructose corn syrup; no added sugar). It’s also vegan, gluten free, and cholesterol free.
For our family of 3 eaters (Elise isn’t quite there yet although she was pretty excited about our shipment of sauce), we were able to use one 25oz jar of Nello’s Marinara sauce to create 3 dinners. Obviously, if your family is larger or enjoys larger portions, you might need another jar or two to create these meals.
Dinner 1: Spaghetti
Yes, I went that simple. Spaghetti. Boil those noodles and top with Nello’s Sauce. The flavor, no matter which you choose, is amazing and really needs nothing extra. See what I mean by trying it this simply.
Dinner 2: Mini Pizzas
Purely a last minute idea one evening when I only had to feed Dylan (5-1/2 years old) and myself. We had a loaf of rosemary olive oil bread from our local grocery store. I laid out a couple slices for each of us and then put Nello’s Marinara, shredded mozzarella and topping options at reach so we could both make our own. Dylan loves helping and thought it was awesome to make his own pizza.
Dinner 3: One Pan Chicken & Pasta
This meal is super easy, but takes a tad more effort than the previous two.
Olive oil or cooking spray
1-1/2 cups of Nello’s Sauce
1 cup of Water
5oz of Pasta (we used whole grain penne)
1/2 cup of Heavy cream
Cut up a large chicken breast into bite size pieces. Add a little oil or cooking spray to your pan. Heat up and add chicken. Brown. Then remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Add Nello’s Sauce and water to the pan. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and return to a boil. Cover pan. Simmer for 12-15 minutes or until soft.
Stir in heavy cream and add chicken back to mixture. Leave over low heat for a couple of minutes to ensure entire dish is warmed through. Serve immediately.
I served it with a side of Parmesan Crusted Zucchini (find recipe here) and buttered slices of rosemary olive oil bread (leftover from our Mini Pizzas meal). Easy, simple and all 3 of us had clean plates by the end of dinner.
Do you have a favorite meal with tomato sauce?
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