Originally Posted by Addie
I too keep a jar of pasta sauce on hand. Living alone, it is just too expensive to make the sauce from scratch myself. Sometimes if I have a pound of hamburger on hand, I will mix up some meatballs and toss them in the oven for a few minutes. Then I will toss them into the sauce that I poured into a saucepan and let them finish cooking. On occasion I will have purchased a single pork chop and will toss that into it also after starting it in the oven with the meatballs or on top of the stove. I can get at least six meals just from that one jar. A couple of the meatballs go into a sub with some of the sauce, and the rest served with pasta and a little sauce. I usually buy chunky garden. I used to buy Prego. But I decided to try the house brand. Much to my surprise, I liked it better than the Prego plus it is less expensive. And I had been buying Prego for eons.
When you live alone, it is not always wiser financially so, to cook from scratch. And this is one of the meals where this rule applies. By purchasing the plain chunky jar, I can doctor it to my liking. I add a can of mushrooms to it only because I love mushrooms. And quite often an extra clove or two of garlic. And definitely a light sprinkling of mixed Italian seasonings. Meatballs, garlic, seasonings, I have just made my own pasta sauce.
I must admit that I keep pasta sauces in store - mainly "Seeds of Change" organic stir-in sauces and the Aldi copies (which are very good). Usefull when I get home at 10pm and need feeding. However, I don't live on these. I only use them when I need a quick dinner or lunch. However, I do make sauces and freeze them for future use.