Everything You Can Do with a Can of Tomatoes
This ingredient is the ultimate pantry staple.
Canned tomatoes are dinner lifesavers—if you’ve run out of ideas, look to this simple ingredient. Keep it in your pantry all the time, and you’ll have a meal ready in a jiffy. Its ease of use and versatility make it easy to use across different kinds of dishes, at different times of the day. Plus, canned stewed tomatoes are easy on the wallet, too.
Here are a few uses for canned tomatoes at home—keep these dishes and recipes in mind the next time you need a quick meal.
1 Start a pasta sauce.
With canned tomatoes, half the work has already been done for you. Whip up a quick tomato sauce by starting with a quick sauté of garlic and onions. Adding herbs, spices, and chili to taste, then toss into pasta with a sprinkle of freshly chopped basil and Parmesan cheese.
2 Cook different kinds of tomato soup.
Adjust your tomato soup to taste by adding cream, or serving sour cream on the side. Toast a grilled cheese sandwich on the stovetop to serve alongside your soup!
3 Make a deeply savory chili con carne.
Chili con carne needs time to develop its flavors, and canned tomatoes can help speed up the process without risking any loss of flavor. If you’re rushing to put dinner on the table, opt for this ingredient to save on time and effort.
4 Slow-cook hearty stews.
Cook beef, pork, or chicken in a sauce made of tomatoes, and they’ll come out super tender! The acidity of the tomatoes also adds a delicious touch to any stewed dish.
5 Make quick sauces, dips, and salsa.
Remember what goes well with tomatoes: cheese, basil, pepper, onions, leafy greens—you have dozens of options! Mix and match these flavors to make quick sauces, dips, and salsas that need nothing more than a quick sauté or blitz in the food processor.
6 Add flavor to quick stir-fries.
Need a sauce to lighten up your stir-fry? Start with canned tomatoes! It’s the pantry staple that can easily upgrade your dish.
7 Make the easiest breakfast ever.
Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern breakfast that is made up of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and eggs. Serve crusty bread on the side, and dip away!