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5 Quick & Clean Ways to Turn a Can of Tomatoes into Dinner

May 21, 2020
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My pantry is never without at least a few cans of tomatoes. To me, they are dinner ready and waiting. Right now, that’s more important than ever. My preference is for whole peeled tomatoes, because I find them the most versatile: You can dice them, crush them, or even puree them, if needed. However, these days I am not picky. I’ll take whatever I can get on my infrequent grocery runs, whether that means I am grabbing a couple of cans of fire-roasted tomatoes or even diced tomatoes with green chiles like Rotel. They all hold so much potential for healthy, easy dinners. Here are 5 pantry-friendly recipes to inspire your next meal.

Roasted Tomato Soup from Kitchn

What’s smart about this recipe is that instead of simply blending canned tomatoes as-is into soup, it calls for roasting them in the oven for a bit, which deepens their flavor and results in an even better tasting version of the classic.

Eggs baked in tomato sauce

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Eggs Baked in Spiced Tomato Sauce with Feta Cheese from Baked Bree

Crack a couple of eggs into a skillet of seasoned tomatoes and it’s just about as easy and comforting as it gets. Feel free to adapt this recipe to what you have on hand. You can swap out the feta with goat cheese or leave it out completely, and you can adjust the spice level to your tastes.

White Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic from The Cookie Rookie

Cans of white beans and tomatoes join forces in this extra-pantry-friendly dinner. Serve it with slices of toast so you can scoop up the saucy mixture and you won’t even need a knife and fork. You can also try this recipe with canned chickpeas.

One pot tomato spinach pasta

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One-Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes from MyRecipes

Whole-grain pasta and spinach lend added nutrition to this simple one-pot pasta. You can also try using baby kale or arugula in place of the spinach. Just don’t forget the showering of grated Parmesan cheese over each serving.

Turkey Chili from Cooking Classy

Chili is one of those dinners that is hard to tire of. This quick and clean version opts for ground turkey, though you could use ground chicken or beef if you prefer. Serve it with whatever toppings you happen to have around: Sliced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, and even crushed tortilla chips are all good choices.


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