Canned tomatoes – a humble pantry staple that often goes unnoticed, yet its potential in the kitchen is boundless. These preserved, ruby-red gems may not have the allure of plump, sun-kissed fresh tomatoes, but they hold a unique place in the culinary world. They are the unsung heroes of countless recipes, from hearty pasta sauces to soul-soothing soups and savory stews. In this recipe blog post from Martha Stewart’s recipe blog, the author unveils 14 mouthwatering dishes that prove canned tomatoes are a kitchen essential, elevating your meals to new heights of flavor and convenience.
- Lucinda’s Minestrone: This list kicks off with a hearty and flavor-packed Lucinda’s Minestrone, brimming with vegetables, chickpeas, zucchini, and a secret ingredient – the parmesan cheese rind, which infuses the broth with unparalleled richness.
- Creamy Tomato Sauce: Step away from traditional marinara and try our Creamy Tomato Sauce. Cream imparts a luxurious touch to the tomato base, making it a delightful companion for various pastas or homemade potato gnocchi.
- Simple Pizza Margherita: Classic never goes out of style with Simple Pizza Margherita. A simple tomato sauce, mozzarella, and your choice of toppings create a timeless crowd-pleaser.
- Chicken Bolognese With Tagliatelle: Lighten up Ragu Bolognese with ground chicken and save time without compromising flavor. This pasta dinner is a win-win, showcasing the magic of canned tomatoes.
- Sausage and Meat Sauce: Elevate your pasta night with the robust flavors of Sausage and Meat Sauce. Infused with the essence of sausage and rosemary, it’s a crowd-pleaser for any gathering.
- All-Purpose Tomato Sauce: Simplicity meets richness in our All-Purpose Tomato Sauce. Canned tomatoes play the leading role, with a final flourish of butter adding a delightful depth of flavor to this versatile sauce.
- Quick Cioppino: Seafood lovers, rejoice! Quick Cioppino is a seafood bowl featuring a vibrant tomato broth and a medley of mussels, clams, and white fish.
- Sam’s Vegetarian Bean Chili: Crafted from pantry staples like canned tomatoes, beans, and green chiles, Sam’s Vegetarian Bean Chili comes together in just 45 minutes, tasting like it simmered all day.
- Vegetable-Bean Soup: Starting off our list is a wholesome Vegetable-Bean Soup that owes its heartiness to canned tomatoes. This versatile recipe can easily adapt to your vegetable preferences, making it the perfect canvas for creativity in the kitchen.
- Minestrone With Collard Greens and White Beans: Any day is perfect for a pot of Minestrone. This rendition boasts fiber-rich white beans and iron-packed collard greens for a nourishing, hearty meal.
- Three-Ingredient Marinara: Simplicity reigns supreme with Three-Ingredient Marinara. A can of tomatoes blitzed in a food processor and a 15-minute simmer results in a delectable marinara sauce.
- Cheesy Butter-Bean Shakshuka: For brunch or a cozy supper, indulge in Cheesy Butter-Bean Shakshuka. Whether you opt for canned plum or cherry tomatoes, this dish is a savory delight that’s sure to please.
- Fish Stew With Herbed Toasts: Craving something quick and seafood-inspired? Look no further than our Fish Stew with Herbed Toasts. In just 30 minutes, you’ll have a delightful cod and tomato-based dish ready to impress.
- Butterfield Stageline Chili: For a chili with depth, savor the flavors of Butterfield Stageline Chili. With chiles, pork, brisket, and plenty of canned tomatoes, this dish slow-cooks to perfection.
Canned tomatoes are the unsung heroes of the kitchen, providing us with convenience without sacrificing flavor. These 14 recipes have demonstrated the remarkable versatility of canned tomatoes, from savory soups to mouthwatering pasta sauces and comforting stews. So, the next time you reach for that unassuming can, remember that it holds the potential to transform your meal into a culinary masterpiece.
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