Have A Can Of Tomatoes In Your Pantry? You Can Make These 18 Delicious Meals!

With cans of tomatoes in the pantry, dinner is mere minutes away. Canned tomatoes are economical, versatile and the basis for many of our most favorite dishes; and we bet they are faves with your family, too. Here are 18 tomato-based recipes to inspire, from creamy tomato soup (with grilled cheese croutons) to pasta (like a quick weeknight Skillet Lasagna), casseroles, sauces, stuffed zucchini, a hearty eggplant Parmesan, and more. The Roast Clams & Spicy Sausages is amazing. Trust us.

Roast Clams & Spicy Sausages

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This is almost a one-pan dish and when the spicy, porky juices combine with the briny clam juice, and you ladle the whole thing over a mound of mashed potatoes? Magic happens. Seriously. You can also serve these Roast Clams & Spicy Sausages without the potatoes, perhaps with slices of crusty bread. Get the recipe for Roast Clams & Spicy Sausages. 

Pizza Sauce

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Pizza sauce is not marinara. It is not a long-simmered Sunday “red sauce”. It is easy to make, and we have the recipe you need for your next homemade pizza. Based on the best canned, whole tomatoes that you can afford, like real San Marzano. Get the recipe for Pizza Sauce.

Pasta all’Amatriciana

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This classic Italian sauce was named after the Italian town of Amatrice, just eastward from Rome, and features cured pork (either guanciale from the jowl or pancetta from the belly), olive oil, spicy red pepper flakes, a good amount of black pepper, tomatoes, and sharp Pecorino cheese. Traditionally it is served with bucatini, which is excellent at capturing bits and pieces of the flavorful sauce inside the pasta. For a gluten-free version, use spaghetti. Get the recipe for Pasta all’Amatriciana. 

Vegetable, Pasta & Bean Soup

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Want a hearty plant-based soup that has tons of fiber and protein? Look no further than this soup with many kinds of vegetables, vegetable broth, pasta, and beans. We have a recipe for the broth, but you can use purchased as well. Get the recipe for Vegetable, Pasta & Bean Soup.

Skillet Lasagna

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Lasagna made in a skillet? You bet, with all the classic flavors. Dinner in minutes. Here we combine all the ingredients that you love in a classic lasagna but use techniques to get it on the table fast – about 35 minutes! We started with the basics, and then embellished! This recipe features ground turkey, to lighten it up a bit, and chopped carrots, zucchini and green bell pepper to nutrition, color, and crunch. Get the recipe for Skillet Lasagna.

Super Simple Chunky Tomato Sauce

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Sometimes we simmer sauces for hours – and sometimes we want to make tomato sauce so quickly that we can get that piping hot bowl of spaghetti on the table in less than 30 minutes. This Super Simple Chunky Tomato Sauce is a go-to quickie in our kitchen. You can make the whole batch – it makes a lot – and freeze some, or you can halve the recipe and just use it that night. It is versatile, too. While it is perfect on spaghetti, you can also use it for lasagnas or anytime you need a boldly textured tomato sauce. We also like it spooned over cod loins roasting in a hot oven. Get the recipe for Super Simple Chunky Tomato Sauce.

Super Deluxe Baked Ziti

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This is comfort food. Pasta, meat, sausage, tomato sauce, cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Make this Super Deluxe Baked Ziti when you need to feed the hoards. Get the recipe for Super Deluxe Baked Ziti.

Hearty Main-Dish Eggplant Parmesan

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OK folks! Our Hearty Main-Dish Eggplant Parmesan is the real deal: tender seasoned eggplant floured, egged, and breaded, fried in olive oil, layered with tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese baked until golden. Gluten-free, too. Get the recipe for Hearty Main-Dish Eggplant Parmesan.

Cream of Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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Sure, you could have a grilled cheese sandwich on the side, but there is something fun and special when you have grilled cheese croutons bobbing around in your tomato soup. Get the recipe for Cream of Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Our Stuffed Zucchini Boats are vegetarian, feature a rice, tofu and cheese filling and are covered with tomato sauce and more cheese. Gluten-free, as well. Get the recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Boats.

Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana

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Are you looking for a quick and easy, light eggplant Parmesan? With no breading and reduced calories? This Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana is the recipe for you. We like this version as a side dish. This lighter version is also quicker to make – only about 10 minutes of prep. Get the recipe for Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana. 

Everyday Quick Tomato Sauce

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There are “red sauces” that require simmering all day and then there is this – our Everyday Quick Tomato Sauce: a super quick, incredibly easy tomato sauce, based on canned tomato products and dried herbs that will come in handy when making lasagna, spaghetti, pizza, and the like. Get the recipe for Everyday Quick Tomato Sauce.

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Is there anything more comforting than a bowl filled with spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce? Well, maybe Mac n’ Cheese, but if you are in a tomato-y mood nothing satisfies like this classic combo. This is our recipe for a basic beef-based meatball that we first par-cook in the oven and then finish cooking right in our Everyday Quick Tomato Sauce. Then, it’s up to you! Ladle them over gluten-free spaghetti or stuff them into a roll for a meatball sub! Get the recipe for Meatballs in Tomato Sauce.

Quick & Easy Eggplant Zucchini Tomato Pasta Sauce

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Need a quick and easy veggie-based pasta sauce for a weeknight? One that you can get on the table in less than 30 minutes (20 minutes if you are super organized)? This Quick & Easy Eggplant Zucchini Tomato Pasta Sauce is it. Get the recipe for Quick & Easy Eggplant Zucchini Tomato Pasta Sauce.

Pasta with Mussels

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Our Pasta with Mussels can be thrown together in the time it takes to make the pasta. Mussels, tomatoes, white wine, a pinch of red pepper flakes, sharp, salty cheese and parsley come together in a dish that is much more than a sum of its parts. Get the recipe for Pasta with Mussels.

Hearty Gluten-Free Lasagna

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If you are looking for a gluten-free version of classic lasagna, this one is it! Richly flavored meat-based red sauce with lasagna noodles, creamy cheese filling, Parmesan and both fresh and dried herbs. Get the recipe for Hearty Gluten-Free Lasagna.

Mussels with Tomatoes & White Wine with Garlic Toasts

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Mussels are so easy to make; you can get this bistro style dish on the table in less than 30 minutes, and it is elegant enough for guests. Our Mussels with Tomatoes & White Wine with Garlic Toasts is one of those dishes that looks much more difficult to make than it actually is. Get the recipe for Mussels with Tomatoes & White Wine with Garlic Toasts. 


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Our version of Cioppino, which is a tomato-based seafood-packed soup, sticks close to the classic and required very little tinkering. You will find both firm flesh fish as well as shellfish in this dish, which was born in San Francisco. The name hails from the Italian word for the fish stew, ciuppin, from Genoa. The original used small whole fish, but early Italian immigrants to San Francisco translated the dish it to include their typical catch, which included Dungeness crab. Get the recipe for Cioppino

Quick Dinner Solutions: 28 Delicious Recipes In 15 Minutes Or Less

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Finding time to prepare a wholesome dinner can be a challenge, and getting it on the table quickly? Yes, we are here to help! With our collection of quick and easy recipes, you can have dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less without sacrificing taste or quality! From flavorful beef dishes to refreshing salads and zesty seafood, we’ve got you covered with delicious meals that are sure to save your sanity during busy weeknights. Read: Quick Dinner Solutions: 28 Delicious Recipes In 15 Minutes Or Less

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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