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Top 10 tinned tomato recipe ideas


Use up budget-friendly, storecupboard ingredients with our best ever tinned tomato recipes. Make a simple pasta bake or a wholesome family curry.

If you have tinned tomatoes in your cupboard, you're never more than a handful of ingredients away from a satisfying supper. Whip up a warming chilli, a family-friendly bolognese or a no-effort traybake, the choice is yours. Check out our 10 favourite tinned tomatoes recipes and read our top tips for making the most of this storecupboard saviour. 


Once you've worked your way through our top tinned tomato recipes, head to our ultimate storecupboard hub for more meal inspiration. 

1. The best spaghetti bolognese 

Bolognese with spaghetti in bowl and pan

No one can resist a bowlful of this family classic. Our best spaghetti bolognese has a rich, meaty sauce you can freeze for future dinners. The tinned plum tomatoes will break up during cooking to make a base for your bolognese. Stock, staple herbs and a splash of red wine are the secret ingredients to a super flavourful dish. Serve with spaghetti, plenty of parmesan and crusty bread for mopping up the delicious dregs. 

Want to bump up your five-a-day? Our lentil ragu makes a great veggie alternative to a traditional bolognese. For more Italian classics peruse our ultimate bolognese collection.

2. Double bean & roasted pepper chilli 

Bean chilli in pot

Our double bean & roasted pepper chilli is the undisputed king for feeding a crowd. Combine tinned tomatoes, roasted red peppers and a variety of mixed beans with fresh veg to make a bubbling, beany masterpiece. This healthy, hearty dish is perfect for leaving in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves. Freeze any leftovers for speedy midweek meals. 

Spice up your life with our favourite chilli con carne recipes or tuck into our best vegetarian chilli recipes

3. Cod with olives & crispy pancetta

Cod with tomatoes, olives and pancetta in dish

Throw together a grand total of four ingredients to create a simple fish supper in just 20 minutes. Our cod with olives & crispy pancetta is the perfect solution to the nightly meal stress. Try serving with a blob of creamy mashed potatoes or hunks of crusty bread. Switch up your tomato traybakes with our meatball & mozzarella bake or our oven-baked ratatouille & sausages

For even more genius dinner hacks, take a look at our five-ingredient family meals collection. 

4. Creamy tomato risotto

Tomato risotto in bowl with basil leaves

Tomatoes, basil and cheese are truly a match made in heaven. Bring them together in our creamy tomato risotto. This simple family meal takes just five minutes to prepare, so no need to sweat it out in the kitchen. Nourishing, bursting with flavour and easy to make, what more could you want? 

Get your fill of our best ever risotto recipes and make good use of that bag of rice in the cupboard. 

5. Easy paella 

Paella in pan with spoon

Infuse your dinner with Spanish-inspired flavours with our easy paella. This fridge-raiding recipe uses frozen seafood, a choice of either paella or risotto rice and a handful of spicy chorizo if you have it. If you fancy a twist on the traditional with a few clever storecupboard swaps, this is the dinner for you. 

Serve up more spicy seafood treats with our best ever paella recipes

6. Tuna & sundried tomato pasta bake

Tomato pasta bake in dish

It's a truth universally acknowledged, everyone loves a pasta bake. Our tuna & sundried tomato pasta bake is no exception. Go from an empty dish, to serving in just 25 minutes. Mix it up and try our puttanesca baked gnocchi, it only takes five minutes to prepare. 

Try even more bubbling bakes and cheesy bowlfuls with our best ever pasta bake recipes

7. Aubergine, tomato & halloumi pie

Aubergine, tomato and halloumi pie slice on plate

Celebrate meat-free Monday with a chunky slab of our aubergine, tomato & halloumi pie. You can feed the whole family and still have enough leftovers for lunch the next day. Serve up a golden brown slice with a fresh green salad for a wholesome plate of veggie goodness. 

Get more inspiration for vibrant vegetarian pie recipes bursting with colour and flavour. 

8. Tomato & chickpea curry

Chickpea curry with rice on plate

Whip up a warming tomato & chickpea curry in just four easy steps, serve with fluffy rice and a sprinkling of fresh coriander. Combine plum tomatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk and storecupboard spices for a beautifully fragrant and aromatic dish. 

Try our other favourite chickpea curry recipes for more staples made special, or check out our ultimate curry recipe collection for a smorgasbord of spicy suppers. 

9. Rich tomato soup with pesto 

Tomato soup with pesto, cream and basil leaves in bowl

Keep it classic with a comforting bowl of silky smooth rich tomato soup with pesto. Simply bubble plum tomatoes until they break down, the sundried tomatoes add depth and a punchy flavour. A swirl of soured cream and pesto give this simple recipe a touch of luxury. Take your tomatoes to the next level with our favourite tomato soup recipes

Save money with more budget-friendly soup recipes, big on flavour, low on cost. 

10. Tomato & harissa stew with cheddar dumplings 

Vegetable stew with dumplings in dish

We have two words to take a standard veggie casserole from boring to brilliant; cheddar dumplings. Our tomato & harissa stew uses spicy North African flavours and chunky cheesy dumplings to create a winning dinner. Try a Somerset stew with cheddar and parsley mash to use up tinned beans, or a meaty butter bean & chorizo stew with just five ingredients. 

Make a whole host of nutritious meals with our healthy casserole & stew recipes

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