Trader Joe’s has done it again! Seriously, this bruschetta sauce should come with a superhero cape because it is A-mazing. I had to share with you the wonders of this container of sauce. It’s the perfect complement for summer cooking.
First, obviously, you can use it to make bruschetta. Brush slices of French baguette bread with olive oil and sprinkle garlic powder and salt on the slices. Put the slices on a cookie sheet and then put in the oven (preheated to 400-degrees) for about 10 minutes to toast the bread. Then scoop generous spoonfuls of the bruschetta sauce on the slices of toast. You can sprinkle on a bit of Parmesan cheese, depending on your preference. Broil them on high for a few minutes, but monitor them closely so they don’t burn. Broiler can take the toast from yum to burned up pretty quickly.
If you want to be really fancy (and I highly recommend it), you can make your own bread. My husband is the bread baker in this family. I’ve always been intimated by making bread, but this recipe seems so easy that I think even I could do it. (He recommends using 4 cups of flour.)
An Easy, Weeknight Pasta Dish
Second, you can use it to make a quick, weeknight pasta meal. First, cook Penne or Ziti noodles. Second, pour the bruschetta sauce over the cooked noodles. Stir. You’re done! Then serve with Parmesan cheese. I think the next time I try it, I’ll add marinated Mozzarella balls. You can also serve it with chicken and sautéed zucchini. For easy chicken, I put several chicken breasts in my slow cooker/Crock Pot with a large can of tomatoes and a diced red bell pepper. Then I usually cook my chicken on low for about 8 hours. (Note: check your slow cooker manual for recommended cooking times since there are different guidelines depending on the size of your slow cooker.)
Gourmet Italian-inspired Quesadilla
Quesadillas are a favorite lunch option around here. I had a little bit of bruschetta sauce leftover that needed to be used up, so I decided it spoon it inside my quesadilla, before cooking, along with some green onions and – of course – cheese. (Pan fry for a few minutes on each side.) It tasted like a gourmet, restaurant-style quesadilla.
You can find the bruschetta sauce in the refrigerated section, near the lunch meats and cheeses. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, here’s a recipe to make your own bruschetta sauce.