22 Ways To Use Up Pizza Sauce (With Recipes)

Whether you bought a store version or opened a can of tomatoes to make your own sauce, pizza often leaves you with extra sauce. Don’t let that bowl sit in your fridge for days before you throw it out, use it up in one of these ideas.

Pizza sauce can be made from canned tomatoes that are blended and seasoned or could have more ingredients such as garlic, herbs, onion, or chili. Any of those ingredients will fit well in any of the suggested dishes below.

I’ve added recipes to each item in the list so you can make them straight away. For most things, you can get a general idea and then adapt it as you like.

Baked Eggs

Get some baking dishes and saute some onion and garlic, or just go straight in with your tomato sauce. Crack an egg into the middle, and add other meat or vegetables such as peppers.

Bake in the oven until the eggs are cooked to your liking.

Get the recipe – Middle Eastern Baked Eggs


These Italian potato dumplings need a tasty sauce to come to life. Heat your pizza sauce and then add the cooked gnocchi with some seasoning. Grate over some cheese while still hot, and serve.

Get the recipe – Gnocchi With Tomato Sauce

Tomato Soup

Tomato soup can be made very quickly and easily with your left over pizza sauce and ingredients in your pantry. The cream thickens it and the basil adds that classic tomato soup flavor. Remember to add lots of black pepper to serve.

Get the recipe – Souped-Up Tomato Soup

Penne Arrabbiata

A simple but tasty pasta dish. This uses tomato sauce with some added chili for anyone that likes a kick. Penne is the classic pasta shape for this which holds the sauce well. Finish with some hard-grated cheese like Parmesan.

Get the recipe – Penne Arrabbiata

Seafood Stew

Use the pizza sauce as the base of a stew. Fry some garlic, onion, ginger, and fennel seeds. Warm your sauce and then add salmon, cod, prawns, and mussels and cook until the fish is just cooked through.

Get the recipe – Cioppino Seafood Stew

Braising Beef

Slow-cooking meat in a flavorful sauce can add a huge depth of flavor. Use the leftover sauce and add some stock if you are a bit low. Use a casserole dish with a lid and braise until very tender for around 3-4 hours.

Get the recipe – Braised Beef With Tomato And Garlic

Stuffed Pasta Sauce

Ravioli, tortellini, tortelloni, and cannelloni are just a few of the many shapes of pasta that are filled with meat or cheese. These obviously need a sauce, so what could be easier than using your ready-made tomato sauce that is bursting with flavor.

Get the recipe – Ravioli With Tomato and Basil

Indian Curry

Tomato sauce is the base for many curries which is made into a base “gravy” by adding browned onions, garlic, and ginger. Then add the spices required in any recipe you want.

I’ve linked Lamb Rogan Josh which is one of my favorite slow-cooked lamb curries.

Get the recipe – Lamb Rogan Josh

Enchilada Sauce

The key to good enchiladas is the sauce, which has a deep Mexican flavor from ground spices. Fill your tortillas with meat and vegetables and line them up in a baking dish. Cover with the sauce and then add cheese to the top. Bake until golden.

Get the recipe – Enchilada Sauce

Beef Goulash

This slow-cooked Hungarian stew has a base of tomato and lots of paprika, which gives it a rich sauce. Braising steak is slow-cooked until very tender, served with its thick sauce and sour cream.

Get the recipe – Hungarian Beef Goulash

Spaghetti Bolognese

A classic and obvious way to use your tomato sauce. This dish is popular around the world, and rightly so. Use the pizza sauce alongside extra garlic, onion, red wine, ground beef, and pork. Serve with spaghetti and Parmesan cheese.

Get the recipe – Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese

Chorizo Stew

Chorizo is a pork sausage with paprika from Spain. Fry some garlic with the chorizo, then add red wine, thyme, beans, and your left over sauce. Serve as a stew with some crusty bread.

Get the recipe – Chorizo And Butter Bean Stew


Meatballs and tomato sauce are warming comfort food. Using beef and breadcrumbs is a nice way to make them a bit lighter instead of being very dense.

Add garlic, herbs, and brown in a pan. Then just pour over your sauce and finish the cooking.

Get the recipe – Meatballs In Tomato Sauce


A great dish to feed a crowd. Layer pasta sheets with a white sauce, cheese, and your pizza sauce. You can use the left over sauce to make a meat sauce, or just add vegetables for a vegetarian option. Top with cheese and bake until browned.

Get the recipe – Classic Lasagna Recipe

Chili Con Carne

Another classic tomato-based recipe that is cooked week in, week out across the world. You can use ground beef here or try some slow-cooking steak to make a chunky-style chili.

Kidney beans are classic but you could try black beans or pinto beans to mix it up.

Get the recipe – Chili Con Carne

Sausage Casserole

Use your favorite sausages to make a tomato-based sausage casserole. Brown the sausages first, along with some onions and any herbs. Then add chicken stock to your tomato sauce and simmer for 20 minutes. Add mixed beans to finish.

Get the recipe – Sausage And Bean Casserole

BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce is just a tomato base and brown sugar and vinegar at heart. This is reduced down with some seasoning such as garlic and onion and you’ve got yourself a great sauce for basting meats and dipping.

Get the recipe – Homemade BBQ Sauce

Shellfish In Tomato Sauce

Shellfish go great with tomato sauce and just a few other simple ingredients. Try mussels, clams, or scallops which can all be mixed together. Add some halved cherry tomatoes which boil down to join the sauce.

You can have this as an appetizer, or a main dish with some bread.

Get the recipe – Sauteed Clams In Tomato Sauce

Marinara Dipping Sauce

You can turn your pizza sauce into a sauce perfect for dipping appetizers such as nachos or mozzarella sticks. The attached recipe is quick and easy with just 5 ingredients you will have in your pantry.

Get the recipe – Marinara Dipping Sauce


Ratatouille is a classic French Provençal stewed vegetable dish that probably had a big rise in recognition from the Pixar movie of the same name.

It’s one of those dishes which doesn’t have many rules, although typical ingredients are usually a tomato sauce with onion, garlic, eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers.

Get the recipe – Classic Ratatouille

Chicken Parmigiana

This is an Italian-American dish (also known as Chicken Parmesan), where a breaded chicken breast is covered with tomato sauce, and cheese and cooked until melted.

It’s super tasty with some fries or spaghetti. An alternative vegetarian dish is where eggplant is used in replace of the chicken.

Get the recipe – Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Sloppy Joes

Simply add some ground beef or pork, onions, garlic, and red pepper to your pizza sauce and have yourself a Sloppy Joe sandwich. Serve in a toasted hamburger bun with some sides prepare to get messy.

Get the recipe – Homemade Sloppy Joes


And there you have the list! I hope you can use up your pizza sauce and not let it go to waste next time. Have fun trying out some of these recipes, I promise you they are all delicious.

Tom Hambly

Tom Hambly is the founder of Crust Kingdom. As a self-taught cook, he has been perfecting making pizzas at home for over a decade. Now he runs this site to help millions of people make pizza every year. About Tom Hambly.

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