22 Smart Ways to Cook with Canned Tomatoes

updated Sep 22, 2023
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Chicken & Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake in a dish

Under normal circumstances, I keep a pretty lean pantry. But, no matter what, I absolutely always have a couple of cans of tomatoes in stock — whole, diced, crushed, or all of the above (we do love Cento San Marzanos). They make the many months when peak tomatoes aren’t in season a whole lot more tolerable.

If you have a can or two of tomatoes in your pantry right now, here are 22 smart ways to use them. If you don’t, next time you make a grocery run, be sure to toss a few cans in your cart.

Canned Tomatoes Recipes

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Super Quick 3-Ingredient Pizza Sauce
A recipe for a fast and easy pizza sauce made from tomato purée, garlic, and red wine vinegar.
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An easy, step-by-step guide to making Israeli shakshuka for brunch or dinner.
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Restaurant-Style Salsa in a Blender
Learn the secret to restaurant style salsa at home. It is way easier than you think!
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Quick & Easy Sloppy Joes
A family dinner classic, these easy sloppy Joes are ideal for any night of the week.
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Sausage and Tomato Risotto
A hearty recipe for risotto filled with tomatoes, crumbled Italian sausage, and fresh basil, that is garnished with plenty of grated Parmesan cheese.
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Roasted Tomato Soup

Turn on your oven, toss those canned tomatoes in, and roast them until they’re caramelized and sweet, and you’ve got the base for a killer tomato soup that will warm you up all fall and winter long.

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Ketchup in the Slow Cooker

If you’re expecting this to be a set-it-and-forget-it recipe, this will not let you down.

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Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce
A recipe for Italian Bolognese sauce that can be made in the slow cooker or on the stove.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Spooned over some steamed rice, this easy slow cooker tikka masala is about to make your busy days very happy indeed.
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One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca

As the pasta cooks, the juicy tomatoes break down and mingle with the briny olives and capers to create a salty, starchy sauce that clings to the noodles. You can use any long pasta shape you like as long as it cooks to al dente in nine to 10 minutes (I always opt for linguine).

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Classic Tomato Soup

Making a flavorful tomato soup from scratch isn’t much harder than opening a few cans of tomatoes, sautéing some aromatic vegetables, and blending it all together.

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Chicken & Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake
A quick and easy one-pot casserole that uses dry pasta instead of boiled pasta and can be adapted to your diet and taste.
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Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy tomato soup is the perfect seasonal soup to transition from the bright tomato flavors of late summer into the crisp evenings of fall.

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Quick Weeknight Tomato Sauce with Pasta

This simple tomato sauce hits all the requirements for a weeknight dinner: easy, versatile, and ready in about thirty minutes. Oh, and lick-the-pot good.

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheesy Crouton Topper
This oven-roasted tomato soup is topped with homemade croutons and cheese, then broiled until the bread is extra crispy and the cheese is melted.
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Creamy Tomato Pasta
A quick and easy weeknight pasta that's tossed in tomato cream sauce and finished with chopped fresh basil.
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Pasta all’Amatriciana with Confit Tomatoes

If you don’t have confited tomatoes on hand, simply use canned tomatoes and olive oil instead.

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2-Day Tomato Pasta Sauce

This is a sauce that delivers such a delicious, powerfully memorable impact that it is worthy of two days — yes, days — of cooking. So when you have a weekend to spare, or you’re snowed in and want a pot of sauce bubbling away all day long, here is the recipe your pasta dinner deserves.

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One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo
A recipe for quick and easy tomato orzo studded with chickpeas, which is made in just one pot.
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Borlotti Beans in Tomato Sauce with Creamy Polenta

A stew of soft, creamy beans with homemade tomato sauce, ladled over a dish of polenta.

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Marcella Hazan's Amazing 4-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Marcella Hazan’s classic tomato sauce is famous and adored, and justly so. Scads of bloggers and food writers have written about it, so I’m just following along. This is one of the best sauces I know, and it only needs four (yes, four) ingredients.

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Turkey Pesto Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

These meatballs are lighter than the traditional beef variety and burst with a kick of pesto flavor and Parmesan. Served with an incredibly easy homemade tomato sauce and individual toothpicks, they’ll be your entertaining staple year round.

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