If there is one thing that always goes over with my family and most children I know, it is tomato sauce. My daughter adores spaghetti and meatballs, of course, but if I say we are going to have tomato sauce with chicken, or tomato sauce over polenta she is totally fine with it because there is tomato sauce involved! I usually rely on my simple tomato sauce recipe when I need tomato sauce for something like eggplant Parmesan or lasagna. It is so easy and healthy to make and we all adore it. However, I am not opposed to picking up the occasional jar of organic tomato sauce from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s in a pinch. I find their store brands to be very affordable and comprised of only basic ingredients with a very low sugar content. Here are some of our favorite tomato sauce dinners that always hit the spot!
Eggplant Parmesan Pasta 1 of 10This fantastic pasta dish is the best of both worlds - the sauce is mixed with roasted eggplant and tossed with pasta to taste exactly like delicious, classic eggplant parmesan!
Make eggplant parmesan pasta Photo: Shaina Olmanson
Back to School Eggplant Parmesan 2 of 10This delicious eggplant Parmesan is perfect for making on a weeknight. It takes very little time and skips the heavy breading!
Make back to school eggplant parmesan
Lasagna Cups 3 of 10These awesome lasagna cups are perfect for kids on a weeknight. Can you imagine the look of delight on their faces when they realize you've transformed their favorite lasagna into cupcake form?!
Make lasagna cups Photo: Paula Jones
Meat and Mushroom Lasagna 4 of 10This amazingly hearty lasagna is the ultimate lasagna for those who love their slice of meat and mushroom at the end of a long day.
Make meat and mushroom lasagna Photo: Laura Levy
Simple Pasta with Tomato Sauce 5 of 10This awesome pasta sauce is so very simple and makes a healthy meal with a side of neopolitan chicken gravy!
Make classic pasta with tomato sauce Photo: Macki Cayloma
Ravioli Lasagna 6 of 10Why not incorporate two of their favorite tomato sauce dishes into one! Kids and adults will love the idea of ravioli lasagna baked in tomato sauce. It is the best of both worlds!
Make ravioli lasagna Photo: Julie VR
Spaghetti with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs 7 of 10These delicious meatballs are perfect any night of the week. Warm them up in tomato sauce and serve with your favorite long strand spaghetti!
Make spaghetti with mozzarella stuffed meatballs Photo: Angie McGowan
Striped Pasta with Tomato Sauce 8 of 10Perhaps one of the most simple and beautiful ways to enjoy tomato sauce is with a delicious pasta. Find your favorite striped pasta at a nearby gourmet shop and tell the family to enjoy the freshly made strands!
Make striped pasta with tomato sauce Photo: Paula Jones
Classic Stuffed Shells 9 of 10These classic stuffed shells are always a favorite with kids and adults. They are even great for making ahead and freezing!
Make classic stuffed shells Photo: Kelsey Banfield
Zucchini and Tomato Pasta 10 of 10When the fresh produce of summer returns be sure to add some delicious veggies into your dinners. Adding fresh vegetables to your tomato sauce dinners is a great way to get kids to enjoy them!
Make zucchini and tomato pasta Photo: Kelsey Banfield