I always have leftover pizza sauce, and in this need to finish it, I came up with things to do with pizza sauce where I try different recipes.
In this post, I will share 25+ ways you can use up Pizza Sauce, and you are going to end up eating more than 25 different recipes that use pizza sauce and taste divine.
I always have some leftover pizza sauce once done with pizza night, and if you love making homemade pizzas, you understand that extra leftover pizza sauce just happens.
There are other recipes that I have shared for things to do with leftover pizza dough as well, so you can check that out.
This post, however, is about the recipes you can make with a delicious jar of pizza sauce.
You can make snacks, dips, and even whole meals with your leftover pizza sauce. It does not have to be complicated as there are many recipes that you can make with pizza sauce.
An easy homemade pizza sauce is a simple tomato sauce recipe that you can make by crushing San Marzano tomatoes and making it a tomato base along with some other spices.
If you love making your own pizza sauce then it is worth it. You might end up with some leftover tomato sauce but this post is a testament to the fact that, leftover pizza sauce is a good thing.
Not only can you remake pizzas( if you have leftover homemade pizza dough) when you have pizza cravings, you can freeze leftover pizza sauce if you want it to last longer and then use it to make these unique recipes.
Fresh tomatoes make all the difference and this uncooked tomato sauce that you make using San Marzano tomatoes are perfect for making Neapolitan.
Do check out this easy pizza sauce recipe that makes it one of the best pizza sauce recipe I ever made.
I have made a lot of recipes at home, and you can make them too. The Pizza sauce has nice flavors in it that can make a perfect dinner.
Pizza is still my favorite dish to cook at home, but when it comes to leftovers, I have a long list of alternative recipes and extra time to make them, to not put the pizza sauce or other ingredients to waste.
1. Zoodles With Tomato Sauce And Mozzarella
You can make the zoodles on your stovetop using a saute pan. It is one of the easy pasta dishes
and contains lighter ingredients, so you do not have to make pasta every night of the week for your dinner.
This is a nice recipe to spice up your extra pizza sauce into pasta sauce and it is one of the best recipes you can make.
This recipe comes with fragrant aromas and a delicious flavor using garlic, zucchini noodles, and your pizza sauce. The recipe is a lighter take on spaghetti Pomodoro, so it is a healthy choice.
The zoodles are combined with mozzarella to add a creamy texture to the mix. It has 12 grams of protein per serving, so you can eat this, especially if you are trying to gain muscles.
Zoodles are gluten-free is my favorite as I do not consume too many carbs by using noodles made of wheat.
The mixed herbs and seasonings to the recipe are fragrant, and even though I am not the biggest fan of zucchini, I still enjoyed this recipe and will make it again at home.
2. Pizza Rolls
Another way to spice up the extra pizza sauce is by making pizza rolls. You are halfway there with the pizza rolls recipe if you love making fried rolls or spring rolls.
So what you do is you combine the pizza sauce with the cheese, sausage, and pepperoni in a large bowl until mixed well together. From there, you only need egg roll wrappers here.
This is an easy homemade recipe and a great way to use up leftover pizza sauce.
I like how the recipe used egg roll wrappers since it is a great casing that becomes crispy when cooked. It adds to the texture of the pizza rolls, while it also adds a small hint of flavors to it.
You can make this recipe on your air fryer, but I prefer making it on a cast-iron skillet and deep-fry the rolls to see when it turns golden brown and attend to it immediately.
3. Grilled Cheese And Tomato Sauce Casserole
There are a few combinations that can make my palate go insane with flavors and in this recipe you can use up that little leftover pizza sauce.
This is one of those combinations of creamy cheese and tangy pizza sauce as they counter each other.
The tangy flavor from the pizza sauce neutralizes the creamy cheese put into the mix.
The grilled cheese recipe also uses butter to toast the sandwiches, which is the proper way to do it.
The great thing about the grilled cheese recipe is that you can cook it on the stovetop. Although I like to make this recipe on the griddle, you can still make it in a pan on the stove.
There are a lot of spices and seasonings added to the recipe, such as thyme, black pepper, and it uses eggs as well. The sourdough bread for the sandwiches accentuates the flavors in it.
This is one of the best things one can do with some homemade pizza sauce.
4. Cheesy Pizza Fondue
Another recipe that would spice up and use all your leftover pizza sauce in an instant is this cheesy pizza fondue.
If you have breadsticks available, you can make this cheesy pizza fondue to give the breadsticks additional flavors that I am sure everybody in the family will love for game nights.
This recipe is really easy to make and uses cups of pizza sauce, and I love how you can make it in just a few minutes. While watching my favorite movies, I love to put the fondue beside my breadsticks and even chips.
This recipe uses cups of sauce so if you have a lot of extra sauce, this recipe will use it to the last drop.
Adding oregano, chopped onions, garlic powder, and two types of cheese with mozzarella and cheddar, the fondue is perfect for a healthy snack, but it is a little heavy, so it can be a meal as well.
The added meat or ground beef gives you a lot of protein which means that you can eat this even if you are working out. It is a healthy recipe that I am sure everybody will love.
5. Pepperoni Pasta Bake
Pepperoni Pasta Bake would not be complete if I did not put a baked pasta recipe in it, also if you love pasta then you should consider this recipe to spice up the extra pizza sauce in your freezer.
In this recipe, you will turn pizza into pasta sauce within an instant and it would be difficult for your family and friends to tell the difference.
The pepperoni pasta bake from gimmesomeoven.com is a delicious mix of two of my favorite foods.
The pepperoni flavor from the pizza coats the pasta that gives the food its proper texture. Mixing mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese is always a win for me with any recipe.
There are also spices and seasonings such as onions, garlic, dried oregano, and fresh basil to be aromatic and full of flavor. You get to cook this recipe in the oven and on the stove.
I like how the recipe teaches you how to make the recipe in the same pot where you cooked the pasta. Less mess to clean up, and it certainly locks the flavors in the pasta.
6. Pizza Mountain Pies
Pizza mountain pies is a really simple recipe to make with only a few ingredients needed. It can be a snack, but for someone like me, two of these is like a full meal as it contains heavy ingredients.
The mix of pepperoni, green bell peppers, part-skim mozzarella cheese, butter, bread, and of course, pizza sauce is a flavorful mix that gives you a full stomach with just two sandwiches.
Within 10 minutes, you can cook this recipe to not have to wait for too long. It is perfect for your gatherings and where you would present simple and easy food to your guests.
Toasting the sandwiches with butter is great as it does add some additional savory flavor to the mix. The texture is great as the crispy outside and airy interior combines well.
Ratatouille is not just the name of an excellent movie. It is also a real recipe that you can do at home with the help of this guide that I have included since tomato season is nearing its end.
This is one of the best recipe you can make with leftover pizza sauce.
Not only can you make this as an appetizer, but you can also make this recipe for any meal of the day. This fragrant recipe includes eggplants baked to perfection in the oven.
Even though ratatouille is made mostly of vegetables, the recipe still has 6 grams of protein. Although not much, at least you can say that you have added to your daily protein intake.
I love this recipe almost as much as I loved the movie with the same title. It is aromatic, flavorful, and delicious, almost to the point where you won’t believe it is made with only vegetables.
8. Calzone Rolls
This recipe is a good way to spice up pizza sauce and it teaches you how to make rolls from scratch.
The calzone rolls recipe starts from making the dough, which I am sure you would like, especially when you love making pizzas.
Although the recipe uses a machine to make the dough, it also has an alternative for those who do not own a stand mixer or a dough bread machine to mix the dough for the calzone rolls.
While I am used to tasting sweet flavors on rolled bread, this recipe takes a whole turn introducing savory, salty, and delicious flavors, which took me just one bite to like.
I also love the onion mixture included in the calzone rolls as it is a surprisingly pleasant flavor. It had a bit of unfamiliar taste, but I got used to it instantly after one bite.
9. The Ultimate Rigatoni Pasta Pie
I love pies, and making savory ones gave me a new perspective and made me a believer in slightly salty, savory pies instead of sticking to the sweetness that I was used to.
The rigatoni pasta pie is something that you can make for your dinner. I also love bringing this recipe to pot lucks but be careful as it can easily topple down if not handled properly.
It mixes delicious cheeses like mozzarella and parmesan, while the protein comes from the Italian ground sausage—a hint of spiciness with the sausage but nothing you cannot handle.
The flavorful pizza sauce makes it a classic red sauce recipe where you have the smooth tomato sauce texture( if you blended your big batch of homemade pizza sauce before storing).
Making this recipe takes a bit of time to perfect, especially when it comes to arranging the rigatoni pasta in a standing position, but you will be able to make it perfect with a few practices.
10. Stromboli Sandwich
Tested and true, this stromboli sandwich recipe is a crowd-pleaser when it comes to parties and family gatherings. I have made this recipe multiple times, and adults, kids, everyone loves it.
It is one of the first recipes that gets finished at said parties. That is not a surprise, especially with the mix of different types of meat and aromatic seasonings that draw you into the food.
The savory flavor from the loaf and the fillings are simply irresistible.
The texture is nothing different from any loaves of bread you have tried, but the flavor is exceptional.
The recipe included also teaches you how to make the dough yourself. It is a fun activity, but most of all, you get excited for the delicious result you are about to put on the table.
11. Eggplant-Parm Casserole
If you are looking for a recipe that will impress everyone, then you can always turn to the eggplant-parm casserole. It is a mix of delicious spices and seasonings as well as healthy ingredients.
The recipe includes parmesan and mozzarella cheese as well as eggs. With that, you can taste different textures and add more to the flavor with the other ingredients in the mix.
Using bread crumbs for the main texture, you get to taste the sandwiched eggplant between two slightly crunchy crumbs filled with flavors from the pizza sauce and the seasonings.
It is savory and full of flavor, so I know everyone will love this recipe. It does take longer than most of the other recipes on the list, but I tell you, every minute you spend is worth the wait.
12. Creamy Tomato Shells
Using only 3 to 5 ingredients, the creamy tomato shells recipe is something that you can make for a quick meal if you are in a hurry. It includes only pasta, pizza sauce, and cashews.
Another recipe where you would spice up that leftover pizza sauce and make it into a yummy creamy delicious pasta sauce.
There are optional ingredients, but the main ingredients are the three mentioned. From there, you can make a whole delicious meal that you can enjoy while watching or when you are late.
It is very easy to make, and it is also full of nutrients. As obvious as it is, you need to avoid it if you are allergic to nuts or maybe change the ingredients if you want to eat this recipe.
This recipe is perfect with side dishes like vegetables. I also use it as a side dish when I cook steaks, burgers, and other recipes to have a tangy side dish for the main course.
13. Presto Pizza Patties
The pesto pizza patties recipe is for those trying to avoid pizza but still want it, a.k.a, me.
One of the best recipes to make with leftover pizza sauce combines pizza and burgers, and those two are my favorite food.
If you taste the sausages on your pizza, then just imagine if the beef on it is tripled or quadrupled in volume. That is the main concept of this recipe as you get an open sandwich.
The beef is really tasty and juicy to taste every seasoning that you have put in the mix. The fresh herbs also help make the recipe taste more complex despite the easy and simple process.
Be sure to get a paper plate ready when eating, as the juicy patties and the pizza sauce almost always drips down onto your clothes if you are not careful with these open sandwiches.
14. Baked Zucchini “Ziti” Spirals With Mozzarella
For a recipe made mostly from vegetables, ziti is a heavy meal. I feel so full for the next few hours whenever I make and eat this recipe with my family, and it is a satisfying meal.
The baked zucchini mixed with seasonings and herbs, such as dried oregano, garlic, sweet onions, and cheese, makes it taste amazing.
The recipe adds mozzarella and ricotta cheese as well for that extra creaminess.
It has a creamy texture, but I like the slight crunch that you can taste when you bite into the zucchini.
The slightly spicy flavor from the red chili pepper flakes is also satisfying.
While the recipe tells you to bake the zucchini until it is golden brown, I figured that slightly leaving the middle uncooked is perfect for adding some texture, so it is up to your preference.
15. Deluxe Pizza Casserole
If you are tired of the basic pizzas, you get when you order from restaurants, you can always make it at home. Put a deluxe pizza casserole on the side, and it is a great combo meal.
One of the most delicious and wholesome recipes that one can make with extra pizza sauce that is left.
Although it has the same flavors like pizza, the pizza casserole is perfect for those who love the toppings and would want to take a short break from the rather dry crust on your pizzas.
It is creamy and full of flavor, especially that slightly tangy flavor from the pizza sauce used to toss the pasta in. I love how the pepperonis also join to add a chewy texture to it.
This recipe only takes around 25 minutes to make, so it is an impressive recipe. It is perfect if you have guests coming over to cook this simple recipe in a jiffy.
16. Pizza Pancakes
Pizza pancakes are perfect for you to get your day started. It is really easy to make, and you would love the combination of slightly sweet pancakes and that savory flavor from a pizza.
It uses eggs in the mix to not be a fully vegan diet, but it is delicious. Sweets are reasonable for breakfasts, but nothing is compared to a savory start for your day ahead.
Another great thing about pizza pancakes is that they are really easy to make. You certainly do not need to hurry as this recipe will finish within 20 minutes, including the preparation.
So if you do not have much time for a savory meal before you are off to work, you can always make pancakes using your pizza sauce and other common ingredients like mozzarella and pepperoni.
17. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
This turkey chili recipe is really easy to make, and it is also perfect for your next game-day watch party. It has healthy ingredients, and because of the savory flavors, anyone could eat it.
The slow cooker turkey chili recipe uses 99% lean turkey, which means that it has many proteins. Mixed with frozen corn and seasonings like pepper, it is perfect for the heat of the moment.
Your team is winning, and you would want a snack that gets you as hyped as the fans in the arena. While it is made with meat and many vegetables, it is not as heavy as other recipes.
You should remember that it takes at least 4 hours for the turkey to cook, so make sure that you prepare the recipe ahead of time before you are planning on eating the food.
18. Pepperoni Pizza Baked Potatoes
Pepperoni pizza on baked potatoes is certainly something I had never heard of before I cooked it myself. It is a delicious mix of sweetness and saltiness, making it a savory meal.
This pepperoni pizza baked potatoes is one of the best recipes to make with leftover or extra pizza sauce.
You also might have leftover potatoes on the side, so instead of waiting for them to rot, you can make pepperoni pizza baked potatoes with them for a delicious snack while you are relaxing.
The combination of the textures of the potatoes and the ingredients for the pepperoni pizza is perfect. The chewy texture comes from the pepperonis, while the potatoes give a mushy feel.
Made with just a few seasonings, you would not imagine this recipe having a lot of flavors. However, every bite can give that burst of flavor that you want when you are just taking a break.
19. Garlic Toast Pizzas
I love garlic toast, and mixing it with pizza just sounds like perfection. Instead of using the common dough and texture on the crust, you get to have an extra crispy bottom for your pizza toppings.
This garlic toast pizza recipe is perfect for your next meal with the family with only four ingredients: garlic Texas toast, pizza sauce, regular or turkey pepperonis, and mozzarella cheese.
It only takes around 10 minutes to make, so you do not have to wait too long. You can make this as snacks or cook a bunch of it so you can eat a whole meal with just a simple recipe.
The calorie content is 281 and has 20 grams of fat per serving, so I do not suggest making garlic toast pizzas every night. It is just a great meal for your cheat days without feeling too guilty.
20. Polenta And Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs are so 2010, and I think it is time for you to make a grand makeover when it comes to your dinner. The polenta and meatball recipe is the perfect way to get there.
While you still get that familiar flavor from the beloved spaghetti and meatballs recipe, polenta and meatballs twist it with the texture and the slightly sweet flavors from the polenta.
The texture is somewhat like mashed potatoes as the polenta is not served as the classic porridge recipe. You still get to taste the texture of the different grains used in making the recipe.
Within 30 minutes, the recipe is ready, and your meal will be on the table. I love how this recipe uses ground beef, but I also think you cannot go wrong with using other proteins.
21. Pizza Meat Loaf Cups
There are not a lot of combinations that bring as much joy to my palates as ground beef, cheese, and pizza sauce. The pizza meatloaf cups recipe brings all the flavors that you love.
It also uses egg which not only adds to the texture but also improves the overall savory flavors. The seasoned bread crumbs do the same, making it a perfect mix of texture and flavor.
You can also add extra basil leaves to garnish the meatloaf cups, as well as extra pizza sauce. This depends on your preference whether you want more tanginess to the flavor or not.
You can freeze the meatloaf cups after you have eaten. From there, you can easily reheat them in the oven and quickly add some of your favorite ingredients for a protein-filled meal.
22. Gluten-free Eggplant Pizza
While it is named pizza, the eggplant pizza does not use the crust or dough you usually use on your pizza. You can make it using eggplants as the base of the pizza.
The eggplant pizza is low in carbohydrates and gluten-free, so it is perfect for your specific diet. Seasoned with black pepper and garnished with basil leaves, it is the perfect recipe.
You need to use large eggplants to put the toppings such as cherry tomatoes and mozzarella on top. You can go with medium eggplants if you want to have smaller portions.
It is made like pizza and will finish cooking within 20 minutes. It is a nice and easy recipe that you can make whenever you want a healthy meal that does not weigh too much in your stomach.
23. Classic Stuffed Peppers
You can never go wrong with classic stuffed peppers. It is a great mixture of crunchiness from the slightly toasted peppers and soft, chewy, and creamy textures from the stuffing ingredients.
You can make bite-sized stuffed peppers, and I figured this is the best way to do it. You get to taste all of the flavors and the textures in the recipe with just one bite without making a mess.
Since the classic stuffed peppers recipe includes ground beef, you also get a decent amount of protein in them. Mixed with cheese, ground black pepper, and parsley, you get to have a feast of flavors in your mouth.
For those who love Asian cuisine, the recipe also includes rice, which is a great addition. It adds both texture and a slightly sweet flavor that mixes well with the savory stuffings.
24. Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls
Eating healthy is a big challenge for some of us. So making it simple like the baked mozzarella chicken rolls recipe is really helpful as it does not take too much money to make this food.
You also use chicken breast, which is the part of the chicken with the least fat content. It is healthy and goes well with any flavors as it is relatively bland, so you can add anything to it.
Adding baby spinach and cheese to the recipe makes it a lot better. The flavors are perfect, and they combine well with each other, so you get a delicious flavor with each bite.
It does have egg whites added to it, which means you get additional flavor and texture. Simply garnish it with basil leaves, and you are ready to go with a healthy meal on hand.
25. Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake
This is another simple recipe that you can make at home. The creamy tomato basil pasta bake is something you can present when you have guests over or just a simple meal for the family.
It takes about less than 30 minutes to finish the pasta bake, so while it looks like it, it does not take a lot of work and time. The flavors are savory, and you can taste each ingredient.
The addition of mozzarella cheese and coconut milk accentuates the natural flavors of the ingredients. It tastes healthy, and it gives you a full meal without needing any side dishes.
The recipe gives you the option to use fettuccine or other long cuts of pasta. So whatever it is that is available, you can use it for an amazing meal with your extra pizza sauce.
26. Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna
I love lasagna, and making it vegetarian means making it available for people who have specific dietary needs. This vegetarian version of lasagna uses natural ingredients with tasty and savory flavors.
You can modify the ingredients list and just do with the basic ingredients like mixing zucchini, mushrooms, garlic, red pepper, lentils, basil, and spinach, along with other seasonings, the vegetarian skillet lasagna is perfect for a healthy and fulfilling meal with the family.
This is a unique pizza lasagna kind of thing and you can use the extra pizza sauce left and a little bit of this heavenly lasagna can take you to another world.
I love the concept of mixing the vegetables in the pan until they are slightly wilted and soft but still have that crunch instead of making using them as garnishes. It is a new texture that is quite pleasing.
The vegetarian lasagna takes only 25 to 30 minutes, so you can enjoy a healthy meal without spending too much time in the kitchen. It is a healthy option that fulfills your hunger as well.
27. Garlic Bread Pizza with Texas Toast
I love garlic toast and mixing it with pizza just sounds like perfection. Instead of using the common dough and texture on the crust, you get to have an extra crispy bottom for your pizza toppings.
With only 4 ingredients namely garlic Texas toast, pizza sauce, regular or turkey pepperonis, and mozzarella cheese, this garlic toast pizza recipe is perfect for your next meal with the family.
It only takes around 10 minutes to make as well so you do not have to wait for too long. You can make this as snacks or cook a bunch of it so you can eat a whole meal with just a simple recipe.
The calorie content is 281 and has 20 grams of fat per serving so I do not suggest making garlic toast pizzas every night. It is just a great meal for your cheat days without feeling too guilty.