12 things you didn’t know you could do with tinned tomatoes

Posted by Emily Eades on 4 April 2016


Whether you’ve got cans in the cupboard or leftovers in the fridge – these tasty dishes promise to put your tinned toms to tasty and excellent use

Enjoy them on toast

A great way of using up any leftover tinned tomato glugs. Warm in a pan, season to taste and topple on toast. Delicious.

Chopped tomatoes on toast
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Shakshuka, aka baked eggs

A Turkish-inspired treat that’s essentially a medley of simmered tinned tomatoes, hunks of cheese, herb and spice scraps with sunshine yellow eggs baked within.

Shakshuka with cheese
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Simple pasta sauce

More cost effective, tastier and definitely better for you than shop-bought alternatives, all you need is garlic, basil and a tin of chopped or plum toms to stir up in a pan. Pour over your favourite pasta and you’re good to go.

Spaghetti with tomato sauce
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Homemade tomato ketchup

Slowly heat a chopped onion and a can or two of tinned toms together in a pan. Add a cup of white wine vinegar, a cup of palm sugar, a teaspoon of grated ginger, ground allspice, cinnamon, celery salt and finish with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce to a thick sauce, allow to cool then bottle and store in the fridge.

Homemade tomato ketchup
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Creamy tomato soup

Mmmm, there’s nothing like a warming bowl of tomato soup – or as we like to call it, a hug in a bowl. Slowly fry an onion, toss in a can of toms, add seasoning to taste and finish with a slick of natural yogurt for added creaminess.

Creamy tomato soup
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Pizza topping

There’s no need to fuss with making a pizza base (unless of course you want to) – simply smother tinned tomatoes on toasted pitta bread, add your chosen toppings, grill and serve. Tasty.

Pizza with tomato sauce and cheese
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One-pot paella

Impress the family with a carnival of chopped onion and garlic, cooked rice, diced pepper, green beans, frozen peas, cooked chicken, saffron, paprika and tinned tomatoes all cooked through, (and served with a glass of sangria). It’s super simple, but we won’t tell if you don’t.

One-pot paella
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Vegetable non-carne

A veggie chilli is a great way to use up both tinned tomatoes and old legumes – once the pot has been liberally doused in spice even previously sad-looking veg tastes as good as brand new.

Veggie chilli with tomatoes and legumes
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Spaghetti Bolognese

Forget ready-made Bolognese sauces and sizzle up your own with tinned tomatoes, onion, garlic using this tasty recipe here. You could always add a splash of Worcester sauce if you wanted to tang things up.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Saucy salsa dip

Make a tasty dipping sauce for crisps or toasted pitta with leftover onions, chilli, coriander and a glug of tinned tomatoes, as per this fabulous recipe.

Saucy salsa dip

Via: Homemade

10-minute gazpacho

Because nothing signals spring better than a tangy chilled soup. Trust us. Throw a can of tinned toms in the blender with a handful of ice cubes, an inch of cucumber, bell pepper and red onion.  Blitz before stirring through olive oil, cumin, Worcester sauce, a pinch of chilli and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with basil, if you have any to hand. Or try this alternative.

10-minute gazpacho

Fridge-raider pasta bake

A dish so simple you could whip it up with your eyes closed (but for health and safety reasons, let’s not put that to the test). Either, follow this simple recipe here or poke your head in the fridge, see what needs eating, throw it in a roasting dish with some cooked pasta, add chopped toms, grate on some cheese and throw in the oven until beautifully bubbling and browned.

Pasta bake

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