Tasty ways to cook with your favourite pasta sauces

Got some pasta sauce left over? Whatever you do, don't throw it away!

Tasty ways to cook with your favourite pasta sauces

It's always worth having a few jars of Bolognese, carbonara or pesto sauce in the cupboard, ready to heat up and spoon over pasta for one of the simplest suppers ever. But make no mistake – these sauces are surprisingly versatile.

A tomato pasta sauce can be used in everything from pizza to veggie bakes and even shakshuka, while a carbonara sauce makes an irresistible addition to an indulgent croque monsieur. As for pesto, the culinary possibilities are endless, from stirring it into soups to spooning it on sandwiches.

Why not #GetYourCookOn with our round-up of pasta sauce recipes – not forgetting to include this hashtag, while tagging us @asda in any pics!

garden pea and pesto soup

A hefty dollop of pesto gives this pea and potato soup an instant flavour boost, without the fuss. In fact, pesto works well with most soups – try drizzling it over a roasted tomato blend or a veggie minestrone.

spicy tomato Shakshuka

A north African-style favourite for brunch or a quick supper, this pepper, tomato and egg dish is made simpler and quicker by incorporating a jar of Asda spicy tomato pasta sauce. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and drizzle with yogurt for a delicious, flavour-packed dish that's on the table in 25 minutes.

chicken, pesto and sundried tomato ciabatta 

Basil, tomato and crunchy ciabatta are a foolproof combination – so it's really no wonder that this open sandwich is so delicious. Spread a good spoonful of pesto over the toasted bread before topping it with chicken, rocket and tangy sundried tomatoes.

bolognese rigatoni pie

Bolognese fans – you need to check out this super easy, meaty and cheesy pie. Made by standing cooked rigatoni on its end, topping with Bolognese sauce and mozzarella, then baking in an oven, this dish is ideal for serving to friends if you want something with the 'wow' factor. 

shakshuka with spring greens and pesto

Another tasty shakshuka recipe! We've mixed spring greens with courgette, pesto and lemon juice, before creating wells to crack the eggs into. Topped with crumbled feta, this herby dish is great served with hot, crusty bread for dunking.


Making your own pizza at home is much easier than you may think. By using our ready-rolled pizza dough and topping with our tomato and garlic pasta sauce, your base is ready to be loaded with whatever toppings you have at home. We've opted for sausage, mozzarella and basil here, but use your imagination and enjoy a slice of a homemade classic.

leftover bolognese quesadilla

Leftover Bolognese sauce can be used in a multitude of tasty ways, but this quesadilla recipe has to be one of the speediest, easiest options! Simply lay out tortilla wraps before spreading with Bolognese sauce and sprinkling over grated Cheddar. Then top each one with another tortilla, and cook on a hot griddle or frying pan for around 3 minutes each side. Voila! Lunch (or dinner) is served.

carbonara croque monsieur

Take your grilled cheese and ham sandwich to the next level by adding a few tablespoons of carbonara sauce. It combines with the melting cheese to create an even gooier and indulgent centre. Warning: this is a treat you won't want to share…

roasted vegetable and spinach lasagne 

This dish uses not only ready-made cheese sauce but a pre-prepared Bolognese sauce, too, resulting in minimal prep time (just 5 minutes). Perfect for when you want to get a family-friendly meal on the table with very little effort – plus, you can make your life even easier by preparing this dish a day in advance. Winner!

Creamy tomato aubergine bake

Use our creamy tomato sauce to create this easy and delicious vegetarian main. Layering onions with slices of golden fried aubergine and courgette, then topping with ripe cherry tomatoes, makes a dish that's as pretty as a picture.

Try our whole range of pasta sauces by shopping online, or pop into your local Asda store.