Everything You Can Do with a Can of Tomatoes

This ingredient is the ultimate pantry staple.

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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.


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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.

Make your own tomato sauce-it's so easy to do!



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!


Making a mean grilled cheese sandwich? Don't forget to pair it with a chunky, tangy soup.

This comforting bowl of soup can be paired with bread sticks or cheese crisps.



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.


Get a dose of warmth and comfort from a bowl of easy, breezy chili.


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.


Huge beef-and-bacon meatballs are paired with rice that's loaded with bacon, too!


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.


This recipe for a zesty and chunky tomato sauce dip gets its creamy consistency from the local kesong puti.


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.


This one-pan dish is perfect for novice cooks.


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!


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This popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish also works as a hearty brunch, light dinner, or even a midnight snack.



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It's easy: all you have to do is blanch your tomatoes.

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