Canned tomatoes are a great staple to have in your house. These guys are pre-cooked (all the lycopene!) and conveniently packed in larger and smaller cans, perfect for any recipe. Plus, if you’re worried about Bisphenol-A (BPA) you can look for BPA free varieties or tomatoes in glass jars.
They come in many varieties.
They have staple status in my pantry.
My favourite go-to’s are diced, crushed, and whole. Make sure to look for no salt added if you can as you will likely be adding salt to your dish. I keep at least a can of each at my house, and if push comes to shove I’ll narrow my loves down to crushed and whole because you can always beat up the whole to make them more like diced –> an awesome trick we’ve used many times.
PLUS you can freeze any extras you have to use another time. What can’t these guys do!?
I’ve told you all about them, but what can you do with them? Here’s a list of my favourite ways to utilize these awesome pantry staples.
1. Make pasta sauce
(Diced, Whole, and/or Crushed)
You’ll never have to make your own pasta sauce again if you can master the quick sauce. I think I’ve talked about it in several posts, but seriously I haven’t bought jarred pasta sauce in years. You can also use a slower cook method if you plan to make it a meat sauce or with meatballs or if you have some extra time (flavours taste better if they’re cooked longer too!).
2. Make curry
(Diced and/or Crushed)
The type you use will depend on the recipe. My go to —> Spinach and Chickpea Curry uses chopped tomatoes aka diced.
3. Make chilli
You can always rock a pot of chilli with a can of tomaotes. What type you use will typically depend on the recipe you’re using, but if you’re like me and you don’t follow a recipe use 1 can diced + 1 can crushed + your spices and veggies/beans. Here are some amazing recipes for inspiration:
4. Make pizza sauce
To make pizza sauce Mr A and I use one can of crushed tomato + garlic powder, basil, oregano, thyme, onion powder, salt, and black pepper in a pot over medium heat. Bring just to a boil and cook for ~15 minutes to get the flavour bursting out of those dried herbs. After a taste test to ensure deliciousness use for pizza and freeze the rest (or turn it into pasta sauce/chilli/soup?).
If you like a bit of a chunkier sauce you can use a can of whole tomatoes beat up a bit – we did this for the pizzas pictured here, and we used San Marzano tomatoes (Mr. A’s fave). Why buy pizza sauce when you can make one that tastes 1 million times better?
5. Make soup
(Diced, Crushed and/or Whole)
My favourite, but least executed use of tomatoes. Again, the type will depend on what the recipe calls for but you can always beat up a can of whole to make them what you need. I’ve always wanted to make a pureed tomato soup so I added a recipe here for one you guys can try, and that kale soup is one of my favourites from Angela. Make it now, you won’t regret it.
Let’s chat – What do you like to use canned tomatoes for? Interested in canning your own tomatoes?