50 things to make with tinned tomatoes

We've rounded up 50 delicious meals to make with tinned or chopped tomatoes. From chill to homemade pizza and pasta, these recipes turn tinned tomatoes into a family feast...

Classic pizza tomato sauce
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We've rounded up 50 delicious meals to make with tinned or chopped tomatoes. From chill to homemade pizza and pasta, these recipes turn tinned tomatoes into a family feast...

We've found 50 things to make with tinned tomatoes, from chillis to curries, stews to lasagnes, these recipes turn those tins of goodness into a family feast.

One of our favourite storecupboard ingredients, chopped or tinned tomatoes (opens in new tab) are really cheap to buy and versatile too - use them in stews, chillis, vegetarian dishes - and to make classic tomato pasta sauce, pizza toppings and spag bol.

Make the most of this storecupboard staple with this round-up of 50 delicious recipes!

Classic pizza tomato sauce

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

It's easy to whip up this sauce thanks to that handy tin of tomatoes. Simmer the tomatoes and other ingredients on the hob and mash until smooth. Spread the sauce onto your freshly prepared pizza dough, sprinkle with toppings and get ready for one mouth-watering treat.

Get the recipe: Classic pizza tomato sauce (opens in new tab)

Pork enchiladas

Pork enchiladas

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

If you've got a lot of people to feed in one go, these pork enchiladas are the perfect choice. A packet of pork mince, some freshly prepared veggies and your tinned tomatoes really go a long way in this recipe. Finish with a generous helping of cheese and serve.

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Lamb and rosemary casserole

Lamb and rosemary casserole

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Give your casserole a bit more flavour by adding some tinned tomatoes to the mix. This casserole combines tender chunks of lamb with potatoes, carrots and fresh sprigs of rosemary to make a hearty family-sized meal.

Get the recipe: Lamb and rosemary casserole (opens in new tab)

Bacon, mushroom and tomato spaghetti

Bacon, mushroom and tomato spaghetti

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Turn your tin of tomatoes into a flavour-packed sauce with this pasta recipe. A sprinkling of paprika, a splash of balsamic vinegar and a garlic clove will transform those tomatoes. Toss the spaghetti in the sauce and finish with some cooked bacon pieces - what's not to love?

Get the recipe: Bacon, mushroom and tomato spaghetti (opens in new tab)

Sweet potato and courgette couscous

Sweet potato and courgette couscous

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This light vegetarian meal is packed with fresh veggies like sweet potatoes, carrot and courgette. It's easy to make, takes only 35 mins to cook and is a great way of getting the most out of those tinned tomatoes in your cupboard. Serve with couscous or swap for rice instead - the choice is yours.

Get the recipe: Sweet potato and courgette couscous (opens in new tab)

Fish stew

Fish stew

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This fish stew is sure to become a family favourite. Fresh squid and prawns make up the bulk of this dish along with bacon lardons and smoked paprika for added flavour. The tinned tomatoes and fish stock based sauce brings this whole stew together nicely.

Get the recipe: Fish stew (opens in new tab)

Chicken and tomato pasta bake

Chicken and tomato pasta bake

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This classic chicken and tomato pasta bake can be ready to serve in under an hour. The sauce is made by combining chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and basil together and simmering for about 15 mins.

Get the recipe: Chicken and tomato pasta bake (opens in new tab)

Lamb meatballs in tomato sauce

Lamb meatballs in tomato sauce

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This is homemade food at its best. Both the meatballs and the sauce are made from scratch, making them much healthier and tastier than the shop-bought versions. Your tinned tomatoes play a vital role in making the sherry-infused sauce for the meatballs.

Get the recipe: Lamb meatballs in tomato sauce (opens in new tab)

Chicken and chorizo pasta

Chicken and chorizo pasta

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This delicious pasta dish is packed with smoky chorizo flavour which works wonders with the sweetness of the tinned tomatoes. Simmer on the hob and then toss the cooked penne through the sauce.

Get the recipe: Chicken and chorizo pasta (opens in new tab)

Italian braised lamb

Italian braised lamb

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

How good does this Italian braised lamb look? Other than the tender chunks of succulent lamb in this recipe, we just can't get enough of that rich sauce thanks to the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and fresh herbs.

Get the recipe: Italian braised lamb (opens in new tab)

Mediterranean aubergines

Mediterranean aubergines

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Aubergines make the perfect alternative to lasagne sheets or tortilla wraps in this vegetarian bake. Use your chopped tomatoes to make a delicious sauce which will really compliment the aubergines. Finish with cheese and serve.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean aubergines (opens in new tab)

Smoked sausage jambalaya

Smoked sausage jambalaya

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Spice up your week with this classic jambalaya recipe. The smoked sausages really work with the tinned tomatoes. Cook the rice in the tomatoey broth for about 25 mins until soft.

Get the recipe: Smoked sausage jambalaya (opens in new tab)

Tuna and tomato calzone

Tuna and tomato calzone

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

These Italian folded pizzas are stuffed with chopped tomatoes, tuna, olives and mozzarella cheese. Each calzone works out at 410 calories per serving and is the ideal dinner if you fancy trying something new.

Get the recipe: Tuna and tomato calzone (opens in new tab)

Roasted ratatouille

Roasted ratatouille

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Have you ever made ratatouille (opens in new tab) before? It's really simple and a great way to serve your veggies if you're bored of the same old side dishes. 

Get the recipe: Roasted ratatouille (opens in new tab)

Bean and root vegetable casserole

Bean and root vegetable casserole

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This casserole just wouldn't be the same without that handy tin of chopped tomatoes. Along with tinned beans, this recipe is a great way of using up what you already have in the cupboards and fridge including carrots, celery and onion.

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Chilli bean tacos

Chilli bean tacos

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You will need: 2x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

We just love a chilli con carne, especially when it's sandwiched between the

crisp walls of a taco shell. The tinned tomatoes in this recipe make up

the base of the sauce bringing all the delicious mixed beans together.

This vegetarian version only takes 35 mins to make.

Get the recipe: Chill bean tacos (opens in new tab)

Vegetable pepper pot with tomatoes and green beans

Vegetable pepper pot with tomatoes and green beans

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Use your tin of tomatoes to make this wonderful vegetarian meal. A handful of root veggies like carrot and parsnip, some vegetable stock and those all-important tinned toms makes this dish a quick and easy go-to recipe during the week.

Get the recipe: Vegetable pepper pot with tomatoes and green beans (opens in new tab)

Spinach, tomato and red pepper cannelloni

Spinach, tomato and red pepper cannelloni

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This cannelloni can feed up to four people and is a great way of making that tin of tomatoes stretch that little bit further than usual. Mixed with tomato puree and a little bit of water, you can make a quick cannelloni sauce in no time.

Get the recipe: Spinach, tomato and red pepper cannelloni (opens in new tab)

Tomato and chilli jacket potato

Tomato and chilli jacket potato

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Take your jacket potato one step further with this recipe. This low-fat meal is easy to rustle up bringing tinned tomatoes, green chillies and a handful of veggies together to make one mouth-watering hearty lunch or simple dinner.

Get the recipe: Tomato and chilli jacket potato (opens in new tab)

Slimming World's low fat tomato soup

Slimming World's low fat tomato soup

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Turn your tinned tomatoes into this delicious and healthy tomato soup. This low-fat recipe brings chopped tomatoes, low-fat fromage frais and some easy-to-cook veggies together to make a filling yet diet-friendly lunch.

Get the recipe: Slimming World's low-fat tomato soup (opens in new tab)

Fiery asparagus and chicken pasta

Fiery asparagus and chicken pasta

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Tinned tomatoes, spaghetti, chicken and asparagus spears pretty much make this dish. Add a pinch of chilli powder or fresh green chillies for a kick and you've got a speedy mid-week meal using only one tin of tomatoes.

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Anna Hales' African-style chicken stew

Anna Hales' African-style chicken stew

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

If you're looking for a stew with a difference this African-style casserole is the perfect choice. You'll need some chopped tomatoes, peanut butter and chicken stock to make the sauce - not forgetting a dash of Tabasco sauce for a spicy kick.

Get the recipe: African-style chicken stew (opens in new tab)

Sausage rigatoni pasta bake

Sausage rigatoni pasta bake

You will need: 2x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This delicious pasta dish is packed with meaty sausages which work wonders with the sweetness of the tomatoes. Simmer the sauce on the hob and then add to your pasta before baking in the oven with a cheesy topping.

Get the recipe: Sausage rigatoni pasta bake (opens in new tab)

Moroccan meatball tagine

Moroccan meatball tagine

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This slow-cooked Moroccan meatball tagine is well worth the wait. The meatballs are cooked in a rich sauce that just wouldn't be the same without that trusty tin of tomatoes. Ras el hanout spices add an authentic Moroccan flavour. 

Get the recipe: Moroccan meatball tagine (opens in new tab)

Tomato pasta sauce

Tomato pasta sauce

You will need: 2x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

A homemade tomato pasta sauce is so easy to make yourself and it tastes a lot better than shop-bought jars. This recipe uses two tins of chopped tomatoes to make the bulk of the sauce along with garlic, red onion and basil for added flavour.

Get the recipe: Tomato pasta sauce (opens in new tab)

Italian-style chicken with olives

Italian-style chicken with olives

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This one-pot wonder takes about an hour to make and is well worth the wait. The tinned tomatoes are simmered down and infused with black olives, red wine vinegar and sun-dried tomato paste. This dish will go down a storm with the family. 

Get the recipe: Italian-style chicken with olives (opens in new tab)

Spicy tomato chowder

Spicy tomato chowder

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You will need: 2x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This chunky soup is a great recipe for using up leftover veggies rolling around in the fridge. The recipe makes a big batch of soup serving up to six people, especially if you serve it with chunks of bread to mop up the spicy sauce. 

Get the recipe: Spicy tomato chowder (opens in new tab)

Ricotta and tomato lasagne

Ricotta and tomato lasagne

You will need: 2x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This vegetarian lasagne is a great way of making a couple of tins of tomatoes go that little bit further. Layer upon layer of pasta, a homemade sauce and a generous sprinkling of mozzarella makes this twist on classic lasagne a favourite. 

Get the recipe: Ricotta and tomato lasagne (opens in new tab)

Tuscan bean soup

Tuscan bean soup

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Turn your tinned tomatoes into soup with this flavour-packed recipe which combines those tinned favourites with mixed beans, sundried tomato paste and a variety of veggies. This recipe would make a filling lunch and works out at 211 calories per serving.

Get the recipe: Tuscan bean soup (opens in new tab)

Sausage and bean crumble

Sausage and bean crumble

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

The whole family are going to love this crumble. A hearty bean and sausage filling and a sweet tomato-based sauce makes this crumble worth the effort. Just mix up the sauce using the chopped tomatoes and pour over the base before adding the crumble and baking.

Get the recipe: Sausage and bean crumble (opens in new tab)

Beef goulash

Beef goulash

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This goulash is the perfect meal to put together at the weekends when you fancy a change from a big roast. The tomatoes help to make a deliciously rich sauce for the beef to slowly simmer in, leaving it tender and succulent.

Get the recipe: Beef goulash (opens in new tab)

Andalusian-style chorizo with beans

Andalusian-style chorizo with beans

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of plum tomatoes

Sweeten this delicious Spanish stew with a tin of plum tomatoes. Add a dash of dry white wine to make the base of your sauce and add ingredients such as chorizo and garlic for an authentic Andalusian flavour.

Get the recipe: Andalusian-style chorizo with beans (opens in new tab)

Chorizo and butterbean stew

Chorizo and butterbean stew

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Make a stew with a difference with this delicious recipe. The sauce is rich and bursting with flavour thanks to the chopped tomatoes. Serve with potatoes or rice and watch it disappear in minutes.

Get the recipe: Chorizo and butterbean stew (opens in new tab)

Gnocchi Bolognese

Gnocchi Bolognese

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

A quick and easy homemade Bolognese sauce made with tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and beef stock makes this weeknight dinner a treat. Save time on busy nights by cooking gnocchi instead of spaghetti - it only needs a few minutes on the hob. 

Get the recipe: Gnocchi Bolognese (opens in new tab)

Chicken cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Use up that tin of tomatoes and any leftover chicken from last night's roast in this recipe. This tasty dish is also known as Hunter's chicken stew and is ready in just 30 mins.

Get the recipe: Chicken cacciatore (opens in new tab)

Vegetarian moussaka

Vegetarian moussaka

You will need: 2x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This vegetarian moussaka is a meat-free twist on the classic Greek dish. It swaps minced beef for mushrooms which works wonders with the tomato-based sauce. You'll need two tins to complete this bake.

Get the recipe: Vegetarian moussaka (opens in new tab)

Beef and aubergine rigatoni bake

Beef and aubergine rigatoni bake

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You will need: 2x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

How good does this cheese-topped bake look? The chopped tomatoes bring this dish together along with the mozzarella and Parmesan topping which makes this pasta bake irresistible. 

Get the recipe: Beef and aubergine rigatoni bake (opens in new tab)

Vegetable crunch

Vegetable crunch

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This quick and easy vegetable crunch works out at only 389 calories per serving. It makes a change from your usual pasta bakes and the chopped tomatoes give it a sweet kick of flavour which is absorbed by the crumble topping.

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Meatball pasta bake

Meatball pasta bake

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You will need: 2x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

The whole family are going to love this pasta-filled dish. The sauce is made from (you guessed it!) chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic and red wine to make it even richer. Use whole-wheat pasta instead of normal - it's better for you.

Get the recipe: Meatball pasta bake (opens in new tab)

Chicken and mushroom pasta bake

Chicken and mushroom pasta bake

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This is a homemade pasta bake at its best with a quick, homemade sauce made with chopped tomatoes, ketchup and tomato puree and a meaty chicken filling. Bake and then turn the grill on for a crisp topping.

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Annabel Karmel's ratatouille omelette

Annabel Karmel's ratatouille omelette

Pack your omelettes full of healthy veg with this ratatouille (opens in new tab) omelette recipe from Annabel Karmel. The kids are going to love helping you make and eat this omelette for breakfast.

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel's ratatouille omelette (opens in new tab)

Puttanesca pasta

Puttanesca pasta

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You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

This classic Italian dish is really easy to throw together. All you need is some tagliatelle, some fresh herbs, Parmesan cheese and not forgetting that handy tin of chopped tomatoes.

Get the recipe: Puttanesca pasta (opens in new tab)

Black bean chilli

Black bean chilli

You will need: 2x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

If you love chilli con carne, you're going to love this version packed with black beans and of course a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes. Beef mince has never tasted so good!

Get the recipe: Black bean chilli (opens in new tab)

Tomato tarts valentino

Tomato tarts valentino

You will need: 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

These heart shaped tarts are not just for Valentine's Day you know. Whip up some of these buttery pastry treats for tea and serve with fresh salad leaves for a filling meal. The tinned tomatoes form the base of the sauce in this recipe.

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Rich tomatoey beef and potato pot

Rich tomatoey beef and potato pot

You will need: 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

This family-sized recipe uses two tins of chopped tomatoes and a whole heap of other ingredients like steak, potatoes and red wine. This one-pot wonder would easily feed a family of four with leftovers.

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Gordon Ramsay's cod and tomato chowder