25 Delicious Things To Make With Canned Tomatoes, A Pantry Favorite

25 Delicious Things To Make With Canned Tomatoes,

A Pantry Favorite

We’ve got 25 incredible recipes with canned tomatoes to show you just what you can do with one of the most valuable, yet underrated, items in your pantry. Hear us out.

More than just the start to your favorite slow-simmered pasta sauce, canned tomatoes—in their many forms—are the colorful foundation of many kitchen creations. There’s a style of canned tomatoes for just about every cooking occasion. Crushed tomatoes for tomato sauces, fire-roasted tomatoes for smoky salsas… you get the idea. No matter what type we’re talking about, canned tomatoes will always be the MVP of Italian cooking.

The debate between fresh tomatoes and canned tomatoes can end here. Believe it or not, canned tomatoes can do things that not even fresh tomatoes can. First of all, canned tomatoes are essentially fresh tomatoes that have been frozen in time—a time when they were at peak ripeness. What does this mean to your recipes? Tomatoes are consistently at the top of their game, boasting the best in color, flavor and texture. Fresh tomatoes are always a gamble, even when they’re in season.

That said, you’re going to want to bookmark this page. These delicious recipes with canned tomatoes are sure to inspire your next meal. Don’t forget to stock up on this versatile pantry staple first!

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For a recipe with canned tomatoes that will have the whole family running to the dinner table, try this iconic “pink sauce.” Pink sauce is a creamy tomato sauce that is the perfect balance of acidic tomato and cool cream.

With a total cooking time of just 30 minutes, this homemade tomato sauce is a super simple solution to a busy weeknight. Don’t let the vodka scare you. Alcohol, in this instance, helps to draw out the tomato’s flavor. The alcohol evaporates quickly leaving just the amazing flavor of the main ingredients.

One of those canned tomato recipes you’ll be making again and again… this insanely delicious pasta recipe takes rich pappardelle pasta and twirls it up in a buttery tangy tomato sauce that is almost too good to be true. The crispy breadcrumbs on top are like icing on a cake!

When it comes to pasta night, sometimes you just have to go all out. This Italian comfort food may take a little longer in the kitchen, but it’s worth every minute. Slowly braised short ribs are the heart of this slow cooked tomato sauce. Try it with polenta, gnocchi or thick ribbons of pappardelle pasta.

Make it a Meatless Monday to remember with an out-of-this-world lasagna. If you’re looking for recipes with canned tomatoes that you can make into a full-on meal, this baked pasta is it. Our Oven-Ready Lasagna cuts down on the prep time, so you can start the week off right with home-cooked meal.

Who says healthy can’t be delicious? We swap out Italian turkey sausage for the tradition to lighten things up… and the flavor doesn’t miss a beat. San Marzano Style Crushed Tomatoes are just the right tomato flavor to stand up to zesty sausage. The fun-lovin’ Shellbows pasta scoops it all up for full flavor in every bite.

If you’ve never had spaghetti pie, this recipe is about to blow your mind. In this one, pasta night meets frittata with the help of canned tomatoes (San Marzano Style), sauteed peppers in olive oil, spicy Italian sausage and melty cheeses. You can thank us later.

If one of your favorite childhood memories is chowing down on a bowl of Spaghetti-O’s, this fun pasta recipe just may be the taste of nostalgia you were craving. We use the tiny tube pasta, ditalini rigate, in a smooth, tangy San Marzano tomato sauce.

What weeknight comfort food takes 30 minutes to make, requires just 8 ingredients and is sure to fill you up? This twist on the classic Amatriciana recipe. Pillowy potato pasta, crushed tomatoes, olive oil, savory pancetta and a few Italian pantry staples turn this pasta night dream into reality.

If you love the sweet and creamy Italian cheese, mascarpone, as much as we do, you’re always looking for ways to incorporate it into your menu. This creamy tomato pasta sauce takes your can of tomatoes to another level. Creamy mascarpone is the perfect way to balance the pleasantly acidic tomato and zesty Italian sausage. The addition of spinach adds an earthy complexity that brings it all together.

For a classic Italian recipe with canned tomatoes—San Marzano Tomatoes, to be exact—try this creamy dreamy risotto. Don’t be intimidated by its fancy reputation. Follow the instructions and you’re sure to end up with a new go-to on your weekly rotation. Risotto is the comfort food you didn’t know you were missing!


Canned tomatoes are just what you need to honor your homemade pizza pies. This is hands down one of our favorite pizza recipes and a great way to call upon some of your favorite pantry staples: Simply Pesto®, San Marzano Style Crushed Tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and our star Pizza Dough Kit. We use canned tomatoes along with fresh tomatoes to create some real depth of flavor. We think you’re going to love it!

What’s better than one tomato? Two tomatoes, of course. Another beloved tomato pantry staple is the chewy, uber sweet sun-dried tomato. The dynamic of bright and tangy with rich and sweet is a scrumptious flavor combination for a pizza. And if that weren’t enough, the creamy mascarpone and fresh mozzarella cheese will get you there. Only superior ingredients in this homemade pizza pie!

Straight from Naples to your dinner table, this Margherita Pizza recipe is what Italian cuisine is all about: fresh, simple ingredients. Skip delivery tonight and put in the time for a homemade pizza pie to remember. No fresh tomatoes necessary.

Famously thick with a rectangle shape, Detroit-style pizza is ready to hit all of your comfort food expectations. We dig it as the classic pepperoni pizza, but top it how you like. Just remember the Italian crushed tomatoes and plethora of melty cheeses.

Hold onto your cans of San Marzano Style Crushed Tomatoes… we’ve got one for you. Two of your favorite Italian classics come together as one crazy-good recipe that will have them back for seconds. The cheesy breaded chicken entrée you love gets a pizza makeover. We love the addition of fresh basil and torn mozzarella for a touch of class.


If you were to look up “cozy” in the dictionary, pictured there would be a piping-hot bowl of Tomato-Basil Gnocchi Soup. Pillowy potato dumplings meet sweet herbaceous and tangy tomato flavors in this creamy warm-you-up soup recipe. The generous sprinkling of nutty Parmesan cheese is the perfect finish.

Soup recipes with canned tomatoes are some of the most easy yet fulfilling to make. Perk up your cold-weather menu with bouncy bowties and zesty Italian sausage. The soffritto of sautéed aromatics complements the brilliant tomato flavor perfectly.

In just 25 minutes, you can create a cozy, healthy soup to warm up your chilly weeknights. The secret to this roasted red pepper soup is a can of crushed tomatoes and creamy almond milk. Creating a homemade soup is much easier than you think!

Dinner and Sauces

The ritual of a slow-simmered “Sunday Sauce” isn’t lost on us. We spent a lot of time perfecting the family recipe and thought we’d share it with you… One word of advice: go for it with the tomatoes. This is where San Marzano tomatoes truly shine. We hope you make this one a tradition in your family and/or friend circle.

There’s a time and place for a quick jarred pasta sauce, for sure. But sometimes you just want a little more out of your pasta night. This exquisite sauce is made up of slow-cooked pork butt, red wine, fresh aromatics and San Marzano tomatoes. If you’re looking for impressive recipes with canned tomatoes… this is it.

Everyone should have a simple marinara recipe on-hand. This one is super quick and easy to whip up (in just 30 minutes). Use it as a pasta sauce, a pizza sauce, a dipping sauce for fried zucchini… the sky is the limit. And to think, it all started with just a can of Italian tomatoes.

Did you know your favorite pantry staple is also the foundation of Italian sausage and peppers? We go all out with the GOAT of the tomato world, Italian San Marzano Tomatoes. This unmistakable tomato sauce gets its layers of flavor from sautéed bell peppers and onions and fresh cloves of garlic. There are so many ways to serve it, but one of our favorites is as the classic sandwich on a crusty Italian hoagie roll.

If you’re looking for your next Sunday tradition, look no further than these homemade meatballs dressed in a vibrant tomato sauce. Serve them with spaghetti or on their own with a buttery garlic toast as a hearty entrée.

If you’re looking for your next Sunday tradition, look no further than these homemade meatballs dressed in a vibrant tomato sauce. Serve them with spaghetti or on their own with a buttery garlic toast as a hearty entrée.