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4 pasta sauces perfect
for weeknight

Pasta on weeknights is a quick, easy, low-cost meal solution but one that can get a bit repetitive.

To help you shake things up a bit, here are four sauces you can try the next time you're short on time. And the best part is that they can be personalized to your tastes and with what you have in the fridge. You can even use any meat of your choice such as chicken, sausage, vegetable protein, ground beef, or anything else!

A heavenly pesto cream sauce

A heavenly pesto cream sauce A heavenly pesto cream sauce

For this easy pesto sauce, start by chopping and cooking your favourite vegetables (zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions) in a pan with a bit of olive oil. For seasoning, add salt, pepper, and a chopped clove of garlic if you have one. Once the vegetables have softened or browned a bit, add the cooking cream and pesto. Add as much or as little pesto as you want! Let simmer for a few minutes so the flavours of the pesto and cream blend together. If you want more protein, simply add chicken.

Bonus tip: for an even quicker sauce, you can purchase fully cooked chicken at your Super C.

This sauce pairs well with:

  • Tortellini
  • Penne
  • Farfalle

A mushroom sauce that even kids will enjoy

A mushroom sauce that even kids will enjoy A mushroom sauce that even kids will enjoy

This low-cost mushroom sauce is incredibly easy to prepare. Cook the sliced mushroom and chopped onions in a pan with butter and a bit of olive oil until they turn golden brown. Add salt and pepper. Then add a cup of chicken stock and a few tablespoons of cooking cream. Simmer while stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens. Because it's a sauce made with chicken stock, you can easily prepare a large quantity and keep some for lunch the next day. Simply double or triple the quantity of stock and cream!

Bonus tip: to save time, you can purchase sliced mushrooms at your Super C.

This sauce pairs well with:

  • Tortellini
  • Penne
  • Fettuccini
  • Spaghettini

A tomato sauce with Italian sausages for meat lovers

A tomato sauce with Italian sausages for meat lovers A tomato sauce with Italian sausages for meat lovers

You can make mild or spicy versions of this tomato sauce with Italian sausage. No matter which you choose, your whole family will love it. Start by cooking a chopped clove of garlic and some chopped onion in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil. After a few minutes, add some pieces of sausage. Once they begin to cook, pour the tomato sauce on top and simmer for a few minutes. You can also add some fresh herbs and spices such as basil and oregano for bolder flavours. This sauce is also perfect if you want to get rid of some leftovers because you can add all kinds of diced vegetables (zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc.). Because the veggies will blend in so well, even your children will devour this sauce!

This sauce pairs well with:

  • Spaghetti
  • Fusilli
  • Fettucine

Slow cooker version: The best part about using a slow cooker is that you can make more sauce without having to stay in the kitchen. It's a no-fuss solution and you'll have a sauce that's ready to go for your dinner! Slightly cook the onions, garlic, and Italian sausage meat in the slow cooker. Then add the canned tomato sauce, freshly chopped tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, and any other vegetable you have in the fridge. Simmer for a few hours on low. You can also freeze any leftover sauce and save it for busy nights!

A comforting Alfredo-style sauce

A comforting Alfredo-style sauce A comforting Alfredo-style sauce

For a cheese sauce that tastes like it was prepared by a professional chef, start by slightly cooking a chopped clove of garlic in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Add two cups of 15% cooking cream and about a cup of shredded parmesan cheese. You can save even more time by purchasing shredded parmesan at the store. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for a few minutes while regularly stirring. A simple solution for busy nights! For even more cheese, you can use any leftover shredded cheese such as cheddar.

This sauce pairs well with:

  • Spaghetti
  • Farfalle
  • Rigatoni
  • Macaroni

Sauces for every taste

When it's time to prepare pasta sauce, creativity is key. The more sauces you cook, the better you'll be at using whatever you've got on hand in the fridge. Keep an eye on the flyer for even more savings!

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