by simplylife on April 12, 2012

At least one night a week we make sure to have a quick and easy meal planned; most often this takes the form of whole wheat pasta with jarred pasta sauce.  When it’s just the two of us eating, we usually heat about half the jar of sauce.  I usually try to find some creative use for the other half, before it goes bad.  Sometimes I heat it as a side to breadsticks or pizza puffs; other times it becomes the base for our next pizza.

This week, after receiving these three jars compliments of Summit 6, and immediately putting it to use for a quick weeknight pasta dinner, I decided I also wanted to use their sauce for something a bit more creative: Stromboli!

Stromboli is so much fun to eat!  It’s for people like me, who love pizza crust and can never get enough crispy dough!  It requires all the same ingredients to make a pizza, but half the dough is folded over to form a rectangle that can easily be sliced, served and enjoyed!

For this recipe, I rolled out pizza dough into a rectangle.  On half the dough, I spread a layer of the Spicy Summit 6 Sauce, then topped it with fresh mozzarella, olives, artichokes and dried oregano.  Then, fold over remaining dough, and make about 3-4 slits in top of dough.  Bake in 375 degree oven for about 15-18 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

We used the Spicy flavor for the stromboli which had just a slight amount of spice but was not overwhelming.  There were small pieces of vegetables, including eggplant, throughout the sauce.

Summit 6 Pasta Sauce is manufactured by Joslin Foods in Massachusetts.  The sauce is cholesterol free and low in fat and sodium, and the dish below is gluten free and low-carb.  It comes in three flavors: Spicy, Kids Pasta Sauce and Classic.

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  • Anonymous

    mmmm. That looks so good! There is something about Italian food…I usually go to stir fry!

  • Matt

    This looks tasty!

  • Belinda

    Brilliant use of sauce!

  • Hillary

    You just reminded me that I haven’t made pizza or calzones in a long, long time. And I love the artichoke/olive combo!

    My favorite easy weeknight dinner is either a stir fry or breakfast for dinner (eggs, etc.) Lately, I’ve been scrambling eggs with cheddar, spinach, and jalapenos! So easy and good!

    • Simply Life

      Oooh that egg combination does sound great!

  • Colleen

    You honestly can’t go wrong with pizza dough, delicious sauce (the Summit 6 sauces look great!), and tasty fillings. Great idea to make stromboli!! You’re so creative 🙂

  • Hamareerasoi Deepa

    U obviously used it nicely to get the results…looks good

  • Nikki @ Life After Swimming

    Holy cow, that looks so amazing! Glad to have found your blog through Sweat Pink 🙂

  • Heather

    I love savory oatmeal or a grilled cheese as my favorite quick meals.

  • Daisy

    the stromboli looks wonderful!!

  • Junia Kim

    wow! i’ve never had a stromboli. it reminds me of a calzone or an empanada. my go-to meals are quick veggie stir-fry meals!

  • Bianca Garcia

    Mmmm stromboli. I’m glad I read this today and I can satisfy my craving as I am getting pizza for lunch! Close enough, right? 🙂

  • Cookie Sleuth

    I’m with you! Pasta and sauce is the easiest weeknight dinner. I’ll sometimes cook extra Italian sausage or ground beef on the weekend and reheat that to throw in the sauce. The stromboli looks fantastic!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    I have never even heard of Stromboli before but I promise you, it’s the only thing running through my mind now while I stare at your delicious pictures… Wow 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Colleen

    Anything with tomato sauce, or just canned tomatoes, is kind of a go-to dinner for me. You can really never go wrong with tomatoes and cheese!

  • Eileen

    Stromboli is a great idea–especially for those of us too lazy to make a whole bunch of individual calzones. 😉 Those olives and artichoke hearts have my mouth watering!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Love this!! My favorite quick weeknight dinner is tossing frozen vegetables with pasta. Quick and nutritious!

  • Kari

    Oh gosh, I’ve never even heard of stromboli! But it looks like something I would love – especially as I share your challenge of what to do with the second half of tomato pasta sauce. This would be a perfect use 🙂

  • Megan

    Love the filling in your stromboli! We definitely make pizza or pasta for a quick meal.

  • meri

    I’ve had vegan strombolis before, (with hearts of palm in them) but never made it. Yours looks really good!

  • Yummychunklet

    Oh, that looks delicious. Very reminiscent of my college days ordering bull pockets from the local pizza place.

  • JoJo

    Wow, this looks amazing!!
    It definitely is nice to have a sauce ready for a quick meal. I usually have a tomato sauce that doesn’t have anything added, add some veggies and have it over pasta. It doesn’t take long to add some veggies and spices 🙂

  • Christine

    Sounds good.

  • Jolene (

    I am impressed that you made your own stromboli!!! I am afraid of dough.

  • Mom

    Stromboli ….. I’ve never had it. THIS DISH LOOKS AMAZING!!!!! What a simply creative idea to change it up a bit!!! Love it..,you’re picture looks so yummy 🙂

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