Ten ways to use DiSanto's artisan tomato pasta sauces in your home cooking

Ten ways to use DiSanto's artisan tomato pasta sauces in your home cooking

Bringing the sunshiny flavours and natural goodness of Italian cuisine into your kitchen, Di Santo's artisan tomato sauces are magic wands that can transform all kinds of dishes into something extraordinary.

Made by hand with authentic, tried-and-tested recipes using the freshest and highest quality ingredients from the south of Italy, they are a boon for busy cooks who want delicious food without all the fuss.

Good, straightforward and honest ingredients are the foundation of successful cooking, and a good base tomato sauce is a starting point for many dishes worldwide. Di Santo pasta sauces, made with sweet, sun-ripened tomatoes and extra-virgin olive oil, include simple cherry tomato, fiery arrabbiata and tomatoes prepared with aubergine or nocellara olives. All can be eaten and stirred into good quality pasta, but they can do much more. Having a jar or two of Di Santo tomato sauces to hand means you'll never be at a loss for what to cook, whether every day or for entertaining a crowd.

In this blog post, we will run through ten ways you can utilise Di Santo's signature tomato sauces to whip up a selection of dishes, from breakfast to dinner, and make some suggestions as to which ones to use and what other ingredients will enhance your cooking further.

Eggs cooked in tomato sauce

Eggs in tomato sauce make for a delicious and easy breakfast, brunch or lunch. Heat your tomato sauce in a frying pan, make wells with a spoon and drop in the eggs, then gently poach on the hob until the whites are soft and cooked through but the yolks are still runny. There are many variations of this dish. The Provençal version would be best made with cherry tomato sauce plus oregano for extra flavour and aroma. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve with crusty bread or garlic croutons.

Di Santo suggests:

sauces: cherry tomato sauce, arrabbiata tomato sauce

extras: oregano, chilli flakes, organic extra-virgin olive oil

Baked mozzarella chicken

This is the perfect dish for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Simply place thinly sliced chicken breasts in a baking dish, sprinkle with breadcrumbs, top with slices of mozzarella cheese, and pour over Di Santo's handmade cherry tomato sauce. Bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked, and the cheese is melted and golden brown. Serve with pasta or rice and a green salad.

Di Santo suggests:

sauce: cherry tomato sauce, tomato sauce with nocellara olives

extras: oregano, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic paste, paccheri artisan pasta

American-style stuffed peppers

Stuffing peppers and baking in a tomato sauce is popular in the States. The fillings usually feature cooked beef mince, rice, breadcrumbs, herbs, and spices - a forgiving and flexible concept. Stuff your peppers with this mixture and close them with their 'hats', then pour over one of Di Santo's handmade tomato sauces, add cheese and bake until the peppers are soft. Combining the sweet tomatoes with the savoury beef and rice makes for a delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy.

Di Santo suggests:
sauces: cherry tomato sauce, arrabbiata tomato sauce

extras: arrosto mix, black pepper olive oil

Pizza

Make your pizza presto by deploying Di Santo's artisan handmade tomato sauces - Italy's rustic flavours and aromas in one jar. Spoon the cherry tomato sauce onto your dough base, maybe with some sundried tomato pesto for concentrated tomato flavour, and top with buffalo mozzarella, herbs and a drizzle of organic extra-virgin olive oil and cook in a very hot oven. Go simple with fewer but quality ingredients - just like the Neapolitans do - or experiment with any of our tomato sauces.

Di Santo suggests:

sauces: cherry tomato sauce, tomato sauce with nocellara olives, tomato sauce with aubergine, arrabbiata sauce

extras: chilli flakes, oregano, organic extra-virgin olive oil

Pasta with aubergine

Pasta alla norma (pasta with aubergine in a herby tomato sauce) is a classic Italian dish originating in Catania, Sicily. An easy vegetarian dinner recipe, you can make it in super-quick time with our norma tomato pasta sauce, which combines delicious tomatoes, aubergine, award-winning extra-virgin olive oil, basil and a dash of chilli. Now - you could leave it at that, and it would be delicious. Or you could add some bits and pieces to elevate it further. Stir in roasted, tender aubergine cubes, sprinkle with authentic Sicilian chilli flakes and garnish generously with fresh basil. Pasta alla norma is traditionally topped with salty ricotta salata cheese shavings, but Parmesan or Pecorino Romano also work.

Di Santo suggests:

sauce: tomato sauce with aubergine

pasta: paccheri artisan pasta

extras: Spezie (herb and garlic) extra-virgin olive oil, oregano, chilli flakes

Sloppy Joe

A sloppy joe is a classic American sandwich with ground beef cooked in a tomato-based sauce and served on a soft bun. This comfort food favourite can be easily recreated at home using Di Santo's tomato arrabbiata sauce. Brown your beef mince in a pan with onions, garlic and seasoning, then stir in a good tomato sauce (we recommend using our arrabbiata sauce for a spicy kick, but cherry tomato would work too) and simmer until thickened. Serve on toasted brioche buns or soft rolls with cheese and pickles for the ultimate sloppy joe experience.

Di Santo suggests:

sauce: arrabbiata tomato sauce

extras: arrosto mix (seasoning for meat), Nduja paste

Sausages in tomato sauce

Sausages in tomato sauce is a hearty family favourite, made simple by using one of Di Santo's authentic tomato sauces. Cook your sausages as usual, then transfer to a baking dish and pour over heated tomato sauce (we recommend using Di Santo's cherry tomato sauce for this recipe). Sprinkle herbs and spices on top - such as oregano, chilli flakes or fennel seeds - and bake in the oven until the sausages are cooked and the sauce is bubbling. Serve with crusty bread for dipping, and enjoy a taste of Italy with your classic British sausage dish.

Di Santo suggests:

sauce: cherry tomato sauce

extras: oregano, Calabrian chilli flakes, taglioline artisan pasta

Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a much loved Italian antipasto dish that consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and a little olive oil, usually but not always topped with tomatoes and herbs. Slice a baguette (or ciabatta or sourdough) and gently toast, then spoon over one of our handmade tomato sauces and top with fresh basil or a sprinkle of oregano, a drop of balsamic vinegar and some extra-virgin olive oil for a starter with a genuine home-made vibe. Ingredients to consider adding on top of tomato bruschetta include olives, sliced or mashed avocadoes and agrodolce peppers.

Di Santo suggests:

sauce: tomato sauce with nocellara olives

extras: casarecci mushrooms, garlic paste, truffle extra-virgin olive oil

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a classic French dish made with tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, peppers, and other vegetables. To give this traditional recipe an Italian twist, use a Di Santo tomato sauce as the base. Sauté the chopped vegetables in a pan until tender, then add the tomato sauce and let it simmer gently until all the flavours have melded together. Serve with crusty bread or a jacket potato or as a side dish.

Di Santo suggests:

sauces: tomato sauce with aubergine, cherry tomato sauce

extras: basil extra-virgin olive oil, sweet and sour peppers

Chilli con carne

Make your usual chilli con carne but with Di Santo's arrabbiata tomato sauce. It's so much more flavoursome than the usual tinned tomatoes. Nduja (spreadable salami) is also a delicious addition. Serve this hearty Mexican dish over rice or on top of a baked potato for a satisfying meal that packs a spicy punch. Top with sliced avocado, chopped coriander, and a dollop of sour cream. If you don't have any arrabbiata, you can use cherry tomato sauce plus chilli flakes (peperoncino a scaglie).

Di Santo suggests:

sauce: arrabbiata tomato sauce

extras: Nduja paste, Calabrian chilli flakes, chilli paste