Get ready to discover a world of culinary possibilities with these 30 canned tomato recipes.

Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty pasta dish, a flavorful soup, or a zesty tomatobased sauce, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to make the most of this pantry essential.

From classic Italian favorites to comforting stews and stuffed vegetables, these recipes are designed to inspire your dinner routine and simplify your meal planning.

Canned tomato recipes

Canned tomatoes, whether whole, crushed, diced, or pureed, form the backbone of many beloved recipes.

Their convenience makes them an ideal solution for busy days when you want to whip up an umami-rich meal, such as a vegetarian dinner or a meatless dish, without spending hours in the kitchen.

In this collection of easy canned tomato recipes, we’ll explore a diverse range of dishes that showcase the incredible versatility of this humble pantry ingredient.

hand holding a wooden spoon with marinara sauce

One-pot canned tomato recipes

Canned tomatoes excel in onepot recipes like soups, curries, and chilies.

Due to their concentrated flavor and convenient availability yearround, they effortlessly add a hearty and tomatoey base to your meals.

1. Lentil vegetable soup

Easy lentil vegetable soup with spinach leaves and pita bread on the side

We start with a delicious, easy lentil vegetable soup with a flavorful base from canned tomatoes and nourishing green or brown lentils.

The combination of lentils and canned crushed tomatoes creates a nutritious soup with earthy lentils complemented by the vibrant acidity of tomatoes.

2. Marinara sauce

Marinara sauce with basil and a wooden spoon

You can use our 15-minute marinara sauce as the base recipe for any tomato-based sauce.

It’s excellent as a pizza sauce on a flatbread pizza and even better as a dip with fried zucchinibreaded eggplants, or stuffed zucchini.

3. Kale soup

Kale soup with spoon

Creamy kale soup is a tasty 30-minute one-pot recipe that combines fresh kale leaves with tender white beans, canned tomatoes, and aromatic herbs.

TIP: Use canned diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes for this kale soup. Whole peeled canned tomatoes will make a chunkier soup base.

4. Cauliflower curry

Cauliflower Curry in a bowl with basmati rice

Our cauliflower curry is an Indian-inspired recipe with tender cauliflower florets simmering in a rich, aromatic tomato and coconut milk sauce.

The marriage of canned tomatoes and coconut milk yields a delicious blend of rich, tangy tomato undertones and creamy sweetness.

5. Lentil chili

lentil chili in a white bowl with avocado and pickled red onions

Like our sweet potato chili, lentil chili is an easy one-pot vegetarian recipe inspired by Mexican chili con carne, where lentils and beans replace the meat.

Ingredients like black beans, peppers, and canned tomatoes meld with aromatic spices such as chili powder and smoked paprika to create a dish with comforting flavors.

6. Chickpea curry

Chickpea Curry with white rice and cilantro

You’ll love the boldfragrant, and warm spices with nutty chickpeas hugged by a creamy, slightly sweet, and luscious crushed tomato and coconut milk sauce.

It’s an excellent recipe for a weeknight dinner and is also perfect for meal prep as it keeps wonderfully for several days.

7. Moroccan lentil soup

Moroccan lentil soup with a silver spoon and pickled red onions

In this Moroccan lentil soup, we add canned crushed tomatoes for a rich and zesty dimension, balancing the earthy brown lentils with the acidity from the tomatoes.

The convenience of canned tomatoes makes this soup a onepot and freezerfriendly vegetarian meal.

8. Peanut butter stew

African peanut stew with spinach and sweet potato in a white bowl

Try this creamy African peanut stew with an addition of canned tomatoes, contributing to a robust depth that balances the creamy nuttiness of the peanut butter.

Our peanut stew recipe is without meat; we use chickpeas instead to make this an easy, high-protein vegetarian meal, offering more than 20 grams of protein per small portion.

9. Chickpea soup

Chickpea soup with toasted bread and hand

Try this Italian-inspired chickpea soup with chickpeas simmered in a rich broth for a comforting and wholesome meal idea.

We recommend using a can of crushed tomatoes and some tomato paste for a tomato-rich soup.

10. Curry lentil soup

curry lentil soup with garlic, turmeric and lime wedges

Our curry lentil soup is an Indian-inspired recipe where the lentils are simmered in a rich tomato sauce enriched with spices and vegetables.

You’ll love this recipe because it’s easy to make in just over 30 minutes in one pot. It’s also packed with flavor and umami!

11. Sweet potato chili

Sweet potato chili with sour cream and jalapenos

Adding canned crushed tomatoes to our sweet potato chili harmonizes well with the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes.

The convenience of using canned tomatoes in chilis, soups, and stews simplifies the cooking process and makes it an easy and delicious onepot meal.

12. Italian bean stew

Bean stew with couscous and fork

Italian bean stew thrives on the robust flavors of crushed tomatoes, infusing the dish with a deep, tomatoey flavor that complements the hearty beans and aromatic herbs.

Whether served with crusty bread, couscous, or over polenta, this dish embodies the heartiness and warmth of traditional Italian comfort food.

13. Tortellini soup

tortellini soup with spinach and hand holding a silver spoon

Vegetarian tortellini soup becomes a flavorful meal with the addition of crushed tomatoes, imparting a savory and tangy dimension that elevates the dish.

Effortlessly prepared using canned crushed tomatoes, this vegetarian dinner idea offers a quick and delicious option for a cozy, heartwarming meal.

14. Harira

Harira soup with a silver spoon in a white bowl with fresh parsley

Harira soup, enriched with the depth of canned crushed tomatoes, acquires a vibrant and tangy character with Moroccan flavors of lentils, chickpeas, and aromatic spices.

With its hearty texture and nuanced taste, this harira soup becomes a comforting bowl of North African delight.

15. Lentil curry

Lentil curry recipe with rice and a hand

This red lentil curry is easy and quick to make with pantry ingredients such as canned crushed tomatoes and split red lentils.

You can enjoy it as a last-minute dinner. It’s wholesome, nourishing, and protein-packed, making you feel great.

Canned tomato pasta recipes

Canned tomatoes serve as the secret weapon for crafting fantastic pasta sauces, providing a base of rich flavor that enhances the taste and texture of any dish.

Whether a classic marinara or a robust puttanesca, canned tomatoes elevate your pasta night to a delicious and satisfying experience.

16. Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca with olives

The Puttanesca sauce has it all: the natural sweetness from whole peeled tomatoes, ideally San Marzano, canned at peak ripeness.

It’s one of those pasta meals that makes you wonder how simple ingredients like tomatoes, olives, and capers can make such a tasty dish.

17. Spaghetti Pomodoro

tomato basil pasta or spaghetti al pomodoro with shaved parmesan

San Marzano tomatoes (peeled whole and canned) are best for this 20-minute spaghetti Pomodoro as they produce a thick and sweet sauce.

If you can’t find San Marzano, go for generic whole-peeled canned tomatoes, preferably imported. Good ones are Mutti, Cento, or Cirio.

18. Red pepper pasta

Creamy red pepper pasta on a plate

You can put this red pepper pasta together with minimal effort in 15-20 minutes for an everyday dinner.

The smokey sweetness of roasted bell peppers blended with nutty almondssweet and tangy canned tomatoes, and aromatic garlic make the red pepper sauce irresistible.

19. Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli with a silver spoon and garlic cloves

Pasta and fagioli is a comforting Italian meal combining pasta and beans into a flavorful broth with diced canned tomato and aromatic herbs.

This recipe represents the essence of Italian home cooking with simple ingredients that create a tasty and nutritious meal.

20. Penne Arrabbiata

Penne Arrabbiata in a white bowl with fresh parsley

This penne arrabbiata recipe is excellent as a weeknight dinner, as you can make it with canned tomatoes, garlic, chili, and parsley in less than 30 minutes.

Our recipe adds delicious plant-based sausage to transform traditional penne arrabbiata into a nutritious, tasty, high-protein dinner.

21. Tofu pasta

tofu pasta with tofu bolognese on top

Tofu pasta is a delicious plantbased recipe with tasty crumbled tofu and a rich tomato sauce.

You can put this tofu recipe together for a quick, easy, and nutritious meal in less than 30 minutes.

22. Pasta alla Norma (eggplant pasta)

eggplant pasta or pasta alla norma

Pasta alla Norma is a classic Sicilian pasta dish with a rich tomato sauce, tender roasted eggplants, and fresh basil.

Our version with roasted eggplants and canned whole peeled tomatoes (ideally the San Marzano variety) is healthy and easy to make for an Italian-style dinner.

Dinners with canned tomatoes

Canned tomatoes quickly transform stuffed vegetables, casserole dishes, and vegetarian centerpieces into dinner heroes.

23. Eggplant Parmigiana

eggplant parmigiana on a white plate with a silver fork

Eggplant parmigiana is a mouthwatering Italian casserole dish with simple ingredients, rich flavors, and a creamy texture.

Make it with passata or canned crushed tomatoes for a comforting dish you can serve as an appetizer, main, or side dish.

TIP: Parmigiana is perfect to make ahead; it’s vegetarian, and you can easily make it vegan using non-dairy cheese.

24. Zucchini boats

Easy zucchini boats

You’ll love these zucchini boats because they are easy to make, with simple ingredients, and have a rich and robust flavor without using meat.

We add lentilscanned tomatoesherbs, and walnuts to make a satisfying and flavorful filling with a beautiful texture.

25. Tofu meatballs

tofu meatballs in a blue skillet with fresh parsley

Our tofu meatballs are an excellent high-protein vegetarian meal for a weeknight dinner as they are easy to put together and cook in 20 minutes in the oven.

Our favorite way of serving this tofu meatball recipe is with spaghetti and homemade marinara sauce made from whole peeled tomatoes. Your family will love this recipe!

26. Chickpea fritters with marinara dip

Chickpea fritters with marinara sauce and a hand holding a fritter

While inspired by falafel, chickpea fritters are easier to make and to cook. They are shaped into small flat patties and then cooked in the oven, air fryer, or skillet until crisp.

Serve them with marinara or arrabbiata sauce for a delicious appetizer or side dish.

27. Stuffed butternut squash

stuffed butternut squash cut into portions

Canned tomatoes bring a burst of acidity and richness to stuffed butternut squash, creating a savory contrast to the sweet, roasted squash.

When used in the stuffing, the canned tomatoes add a juicy and flavorful element that complements the filling with lentils, walnuts, and herbs.

28. Vegetarian stuffed bell peppers

stuffed bell peppers topped with caramelized onions and yogurt

We make a filling that mixes lentilscanned tomatoes, ricefresh herbs, and fragrant spices.

When baked in bell peppers, the filling absorbs its juices, and the combination of flavors and textures makes this recipe irresistible.

TIP: We highly recommend serving these stuffed bell peppers with caramelized onions and a dollop of our yogurt tahini sauce.

29. Vegetable soup

Vegetable soup with spoon and herbs

This vegetable soup is wholesome, tasty, rustic comfort food you can make with seasonal veggies in just over 30 minutes.

Add your favorite chopped veggiescanned tomatoes, and vegetable broth, and simmer until the veggies are fork-tender for a wholesome everyday soup.

30. Eggplant curry

Eggplant curry with white rice

Eggplants are excellent for curry because they soak up all the flavor from the spices and become soft and buttery as they simmer in the sauce.

You can use canned tomatoes such as crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and whole canned peeled tomatoes for the gravy. It’s a 30-minute meal that is also mealprepfriendly and freezer-friendly.

Canned tomato recipes with easy dinner ideas

Canned tomato recipes: lentil vegetable soup

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 1 vote
Here’s a delicious, easy lentil vegetable soup with a flavorful, hearty tomato base and nourishing green or brown lentils.
This recipe is made with simple ingredients, is excellent for year-round weeknight dinners and meal prep, and is a healthy and wholesome homemade meal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin ground
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed or grated
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15-ounce each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dried lentils green or brown, uncooked, rinsed with water
  • 1 teaspoon thyme dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • teaspoons salt or more to taste
  • teaspoon black pepper or red pepper flakes
  • 5 ounces spinach about 4 to 5 cups


  • Heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a large pot then add 2 carrots, 1 onion, 1 stalk celery (all coarsely chopped) and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes stirring often.
    carrots and onion in a white pot frying
  • Add 1 teaspoon cumin and 4 cloves garlic (pressed or grated) and sauté for one more minute or until fragrant.
    herbs and vegetables in a white Dutch oven and a wooden spoon
  • Add 6 cups vegetable broth, 2 cans (15-ounce each) diced tomatoes, 1 cup dried lentils, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1½ teaspoons salt, ⅛ teaspoon black pepper.
    Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, then crack the top open and simmer on medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until the lentils are cooked but with a slight bite. Stir occasionally.
    lentils and vegetables in a tomato soup and hand holding a wooden spoon
  • OPTIONAL STEP: If you like making an extra creamy lentil vegetable soup, blend about 2 cups of it.
    We do this directly in the pot with an immersion blender, but you can also do so in a standing blender.
    hand holding a blender and blending lentils
  • Add 5 ounces spinach and simmer for a few more minutes until they wilt.
    Add more vegetable broth or water if necessary to reach your desired consistency, then taste and adjust for salt before serving.
    hand holding a wooden spoon and stirring spinach into a soup


  • Make this a meal by serving it with fresh lemon juice on top to boost flavor.
    Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper and pair it with warm pita bread, focaccia, or a thick slice of toasted crusty bread rubbed with garlic.
    Easy lentil vegetable soup with a silver spoon in the bowl and bread on the side


30-min Lentil Vegetable Soup


Nutritional information is an estimate for 1 serving of lentil vegetable soup out of 4 servings without bread.
No problem! Drain and rinse 2 small cans of canned lentils and add them in the soup 15 minutes after the broth and tomatoes start simmering. Canned lentils can only take about 1o to 15 minutes of simmering before falling apart. You can also use canned beans or chickpeas.
Make Ahead: Lentil vegetable soup is excellent for meal prep as you can refrigerate it for several days or freeze it for months. Also, the soup tastes better on the second and third days than freshly made because the flavors have time to meld.
Refrigerator: Let the soup cool down completely at room temperature, then transfer it into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freezer: Let the soup cool down completely at room temperature, then transfer it into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Thaw & Reheat: thaw in the refrigerator over several hours or in the microwave with a thawing function. Warm it in a pot on the stovetop for a few minutes or in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Avoid reheating it multiple times.


Calories: 355kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 1294mg, Dietary Fiber: 23g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 8758IU, Vitamin B6: 1mg, Vitamin C: 37mg, Vitamin E: 4mg, Vitamin K: 194µg, Calcium: 169mg, Folate: 364µg, Iron: 8mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 129mg, Zinc: 3mg
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