There are many ways to use marinara sauce, whether purchased or homemade, that don't involve pasta. Use it to jump-start a soup, such as minestrone or quick-and-spicy tomato soup, which LA Buckeye Fan calls "so easy and so good."
c oliver heats marinara to a simmer in a skillet, breaks eggs in, covers, and lets the eggs poach in the sauce, then serves with or on bread. This is a classic Italian recipe called eggs in purgatory, says Gio, who adds chopped Gaeta olives to the sauce and sprinkles on chopped fresh basil and grated Pecorino Romano to finish.
Breadcrumbs has a favorite recipe for a simple chicken dish with marinara sauce: Place small whole mushrooms, sliced onions, and black olives in the bottom of a baking dish, add skinless, bone-in chicken breasts, and top with marinara; cover and bake at 375°F for about 30 minutes, then remove cover, sprinkle chicken with grated cheese, and bake until the cheese melts.
More ideas: Use marinara to top stuffed peppers or meatloaf; or as a dipping sauce for fried calamari, fried or grilled zucchini, or calzone.
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