14 Recipes That Make the Most of Canned Tomatoes

Canned tomatoes are a great, budget-friendly pantry staple. Use them in all kinds of recipes, from soups to skillet dinners!

Ah, canned tomatoes! They’re so versatile, budget-friendly, and can really save you when you’re crunched for time, energy, and resources. (Wondering about all the different kinds of canned tomatoes you can buy? Check out our guide to the 7 types of canned tomatoes and how to use them!)

Today we share 14 recipes that make the most of a can of tomatoes, from soups and pasta to skillet dinners and slow-cooker wonders! 

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Kale Sausage Chickpea Soup

Easy prep and hearty ingredients make for one delicious soup that’s like a hug in a bowl!

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Best Tomato Soup Recipe - bowls of tomato soup on table with bread

This soup beats anything you’ll ever find in a can and it’s just as easy to make! We’ve even offered suggestions on ways to adapt this recipe and make it your own.

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Pork and Beef Meatballs - skillet with meatballs and sauce

We recommend making the meatballs ahead of time and freezing them so you can have meatballs whenever the mood strikes. Simply thaw, make the sauce, and you’ve got dinner!

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Two things really make this dish stand out: the first is cooking the tomato sauce with butter, and the second is adding in a little sugar to balance out the acidity. It’s blissful buttery perfection!

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Creamy Tomato and Bean Soup

Yes, this is another soup recipe, but it’s slightly creamier than the others and it has the addition of beans for a little added protein and fiber.

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Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet Dinner - shrimp, breadcrumbs, vegetables, tomatoes and beans in skillet

Pair this delightful dish with a fresh salad and you’ve got yourself quite the meal. It comes together rather quickly, making it a favorite of ours.

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Basic Tomato Sauce

We certainly can’t have a tomato roundup without a basic sauce recipe! This easy sauce recipe has chopped carrots, onions, and celery and is the foundation for so many dishes. Be sure to keep this recipe in your back pocket.

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Meatballs in a slow cooker filled with tomato sauce with a spoon lifting a meatball out of the sauce.

This recipe makes a big batch of meatballs from ingredients you probably have on hand already. Serve them over pasta for dinner, then stuff them in a hoagie bun with a slice of cheese for meatball sandwich lunches!

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Baked Shrimp with Tomato and Feta

Another shrimp skillet dish to the rescue! Except this time there’s feta involved, which gives it a noticeable tang factor. Be sure to have some crusty Italian bread on hand for dipping.

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Grilled Chicken Tarragon with Tomato Sauce

Say that five times fast! While it’s quite the tongue twister, it’s flavor profile can’t be beat. Don’t have tarragon on hand? Use fresh basil instead.

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One-Pot Tortellini Soup - white bowl with tomato soup, fresh basil and cheese filled tortellini

This is an absolute gem of a recipe and one you’ll want to make over and over again. Be sure to make extra so you can have it for leftovers the next day!

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Fettuccine with Creamy Tomato Italian Sausage Sauce

If you’re willing to indulge a little, make sure it’s with this pasta dish. It’s absolutely divine!

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Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce

Another pantry dish, just for you! We suggest using tuna packed in oil, but other than that, the ingredient list is basic and simple.

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Tilapia with Olives Mushrooms Tomatoes

Tilapia is an inexpensive mild, quick-cooking fish. It’s easy to find in almost any grocery store. If you don’t have mushrooms on hand just leave them out!

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Claudia is the Community Manager for Simply Recipes, and finds joy building relationships with our readers through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the mother of 5 girls, she is passionate about family dinner and having that time together every day to connect with those we love, even if it's over toast and eggs.

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  1. Don

    I’m impressed with your recipes gonna get after some of these this weekend Thanks.

  2. Leslie

    I love your website!! Keep up the good work.