20 Recipes That Start With a Can of Tomatoes
Canned tomatoes are essential to so many of our favorite recipes. From pasta sauce to jambalaya, here are 20 of our favorite easy recipes that start with a simple can of tomatoes.
Roasted Tomato-Garlic Sauce
Pick up low- or no-sodium canned tomatoes; regular canned varieties can contain a surprising amount of added salt that you won’t miss. Use on pizzas or stirred into pasta.
Spicy Tomato Aioli
This smoky mayonnaise will be your go-to spread this grilling season. Canned fire-roasted tomatoes—a divinely flavorful shortcut—add a nice waft of smoky flavor, which plays off the punchy notes of garlic and red pepper flakes. Pair it with your favorite burger, or treat yourself by using it as a decadent dip for sweet potato fries. Pro tip: Be sure to let the tomato mixture cool completely before combining it with the mayo to ensure the perfect creamy texture.
Ziti with Mushroom, Fennel, and Tomato Ragu
Think your Ragu has to filled with ground beef? Think again. While traditionally a meat sauce, we’ve developed flavors and textures in this sauce with multiple varieties of mushrooms. Serve a loaf of warm bread to sop up all the saucy goodness of this pasta dish. Use a Parmesan rind in your Ragu, soups, and stews to subtly infuse the dish with the flavors of the cheese. If the rind doesn’t dissolve during the cooking process, you can remove it from the mixture, as instructed in this recipe, or break it up with a fork into small, chewy pieces. While any pasta shape will work with this hearty vegetarian dish, we prefer penne or ziti; these noodles help capture every last bite of the chunky sauce.
Creamy Tomato Soup with Parmesan Crisps
We've turned our favorite part of a grilled cheese sandwich—when the cheese hits the hot pan and becomes a lacy, golden crisp—into a garnish for quick, creamy tomato soup. Grated Parmesan cheese melts and melds with crispy panko breadcrumbs in the skillet into silver dollar-sized crisps, then are flipped to brown on the other side. If you don’t have half-and-half, stir a spoonful or two of the pureed soup into yogurt until smooth, then stir that mixture back into the soup.
This classic red chili has chunks of stew meat and ground beef along with tomatoes, red beans, and spices. Fire-roasted tomatoes add a note of smokiness to the mix. If you can't find fire-roasted, use plain tomatoes and add a pinch of smoked paprika.
Fire-Roasted Tomato-Basil Soup
Start with canned fire-roasted tomatoes to give the soup some smoky depth. Serve with sliced toasted sourdough and steamed broccoli from your list.
Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili
Look no further for the ultimate, easy chili recipe. You may think you know how to make chili, but our homemade chili recipe is a gamechanger. With just a push of a button, your weekday dinner is taken care of as the chili cooks away in the slow-cooker. Add chili to your next barbeque to top grilled sausages for an upgraded version of chili dogs. You can easily substitute ground turkey instead of beef for a lighter option and the rest of the ingredients should already be stocked away in your pantry. To top the hot, spicy chili, add shredded Cheddar cheese and corn chips for extra flavor and texture. To go beyond our favorite classic recipe, find more chili recipes here.
Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce with Garlic Cheese Toasts
We really liked this dish with the fruity heat of Turkish Aleppo pepper, but you can substitute crushed red pepper.
Mussels with Spicy Tomato Sauce
San Marzano plum tomatoes—known for their pure tomato flavor—are the secret supermarket find in this super quick simmering sauce. Available in shelf-stable boxes as well as cans, their perfect balance of sweetness and acidity make them worth seeking out. As the mussels open, the sauce flavors the briny meat in the shells. Crusty baguette is a must-have to soak up the extra sauce. Serve with mixed greens tossed with Italian vinaigrette. Prep tip: Check the mussels while you clean them and discard any that are already open or that have cracked shells—they won't be fresh.
Tagliatelle with Shrimp, Tomato-Anchovy Sauce, and Chiles
Garlicky tomato sauce gets an umami boost courtesy of flavor-packed anchovy fillets. Garnish with fresh basil, some sliced Fresno chile, and copious amounts of Parm for a simple yet satisfying dish.
Steak Fajita Chili
Make this staff-favorite one of your go-to dutch-oven dinners this fall. Tougher cuts of meat, like chuck-eye turn meltingly soft, root vegetables make the stew rich and hearty, and a dollop of greek yogurt adds just the right amount of tang, to cut through the rich sauce and brighten the meal.
Turkey and Bean Chili
Make this low-calorie chili in just 20 minutes for a quick, one-pot supper. Serve with cornbread to complete the meal.
Chicken Chili Pot Pie
This hearty and comforting chicken chili is made with poblano chiles and butternut squash. You can make individual servings in 10-ounce ramekins or one large pot pie using a 3-quart baking dish. Either way, everyone will love the puffed, cheesy cilantro-grits crust.
Simple Enchilada Casserole
Spicy, creamy, and wholly comforting!
Slow-Cooker Jambalaya Soup
Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese
This hearty, veggie-forward take on classic pasta Bolognese is a dish that everyone at the table will enjoy, regardless of their relationship status with meat.
One-Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes
This pasta dinner is a game changer: You use just enough liquid to cook the pasta--no colander needed. Recipe adapted from our sister publication Southern Living. Cost for 4: $8.43
Penne and Chicken Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce
This penne pasta recipe is a simple way to bring Italian flavors to your dinner table. Serve with a green salad and garlic bread for a hearty, filling meal.