Creative With What’s On Hand Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe 

Being Creative with what’s on hand is what cooking is to me.  In this post, I share one of my favorite tomato sauce recipes.

Creative With What’s On Hand

It’s a way of living I grew up with that somewhere between college and having kids I put on the back burner.   I’m talking about using what is in your home pantry and not planning the meal around making a trip to the grocery store.  In  today’s recipe I use ingredients I always have in my kitchen or in the home garden.

Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

Whats On Hand Sauce

Below is a favorite of mine to cook up most anytime for my family to enjoy.  You can use a jar from your pantry or cook down tomatoes from your garden to make this tasty sauce.  Serve over pasta, baked veggies or use it as the base for soup.

Creative With What’s On Hand
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6

You can 'cheat' and use store bought pasta sauce just omit the extra spices.


  • 1 - 24 Oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fine portable mushrooms
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup of onions diced
  • 3 tablespoons of garlic minced
  • 1/2 pound of hamburger ( or sausage)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil


  1. Prepare veggies as directed in Ingredients list
  2. In large skillet fry up hamburger or sausage and garlic.
  3. After meat is cooked place in drainer.
  4. In the same hot skillet saute onions.
  5. Add mushrooms, tomatoes and carrots after about 5 minutes of saute onion process.
  6. Once the veggies in skillet are some what soft ( about 10 minutes of sauteing ) add the meat back to the skillet.
  7. Slowly add the sauce and mix in spices.
  8. Cook for about 15 minutes - stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve when hot over favorite pasta or veggies.
  10. Continue to cook the hamburger and veggie mix for about 5 minutes before slowly adding the tomato sauce.

Be creative – you can add or admit whatever veggies you have on hand for this sauce.

In The Kitchen Photos

Below are some of my favorite photos while make this meal.

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Happy Cooking it up!

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