Using Canned Tomatoes in Global Food

Using Canned Tomatoes in Global Food

From curries to pizza, here’s how you can use canned tomatoes in global food to explore different cuisines.

In the colorful mosaic of global cuisines, certain ingredients transcend borders, weaving themselves seamlessly into the fabric of culinary traditions around the world. Among these culinary ambassadors, canned tomatoes stand out as a shining example of how a humble pantry staple has become an indispensable cornerstone of diverse culinary heritages. Here’s how you can use canned tomatoes in the kitchen to explore different global cuisines. 

  • Easy Chicken Curry: Inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia, this recipe is one your whole family will enjoy. Thanks to ingredients you probably already have on hand (such as canned tomatoes, frozen chicken, and coconut milk), you can whip up this quick and easy main dish in no time at all!
  • Riccardo’s Old World Sauce: Elevate your pasta game with Riccardo’s Old World Sauce – i.e. a delicious homemade pasta sauce. Inspired by Italian cuisine, this sauce brings a burst of homemade goodness to your plate.
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup: So much flavor in under 45 minutes! Canned tomatoes, juicy chicken, crisp corn, black beans and classic Mexican spices are all present in this warm and savory tortilla soup. 
  • Shakshuka Pita Pizzas: Combining flavors from Italy and the Middle East, this vegetarian dish is a complete meal thanks to the protein, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats—making it a well-balanced dinner that your whole family will love.
  • Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti: Tomato products provide just the right amount of pizzazz to pasta recipes, such as this hearty, plant-based Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti dish. 
  • Easy Gazpacho: This cool, classic Spanish style soup is delicious even on the hottest of days. Packed with the vibrant flavors of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and herbs, it’s a wonderful appetizer or veggie-rich meal accompaniment. 
  • California Walnut Salsa: This nutritious California Walnut Salsa recipe is not only packed with flavor, but it can be prepared in under 10 minutes. 

Learn more about the health benefits of canned tomatoes in this article.

Pizza Soup

Pizza Soup

Pizza soup is one of those recipes that is even more delicious than it sounds! All of the best ingredients of pizza combine to make this cozy and filling soup. Plus, it takes hardly any time to put together, making this an ideal recipe for any night of the week.

This recipe is a great way to utilize pantry staples like canned and dried goods, as these ingredients are shelf stable and affordable. Canned tomatoes are one of these canned goods that are easy to use while being extremely nutritious, which is why adding them to soups is a simple way to boost the nutrition content. They are also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diease, as research shows that tomato products play an important role in preventing platelet aggregation (i.e. reducing the amount of blood clots that can lead to cardiovascular diseases). Additionally, tomato products can improve cholesterol by improving lipid profiles, as studies have found that consumption has lead to a significant decrease in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as body weight and fat percentage.

So, what are you waiting for? Pull out the crockpot and cozy up to this delicious pizza soup.

Pizza Soup

Pizza Soup

Pizza soup is one of those recipes that is even more delicious than is sounds! All of the best ingredients of pizza combine to make this cozy and filling soup. Plus, it takes hardly any time to put together, making this an ideal recipe for any night of the week.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 ½ lbs. ground italian sausage
  • 1 (5 oz.) bag mini pepperonis
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans beef broth
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz. onion and chive cream cheese, softened
  • Breadsticks, for serving
  • Mozzarella cheese, for serving


  1. Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add in the Italian sausage. Cook and crumble the sausage until it is fully cooked then transfer it into a crock pot. 
  2. Add the pepperonis, garlic, minced onion, Italian seasoning, sugar, tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beef broth, and spaghetti sauce into the crock pot. Mix to combine then cover and cook on low for 6 hours. 
  3. Uncover the crock pot and mix in the cream cheese until well combined. 
  4. To serve, top with mozzarella cheese and enjoy with breadsticks. 
For other delicious soup recipes, check out some of our favorites:

California Walnut Firehouse Chili
Creamy Tomato Soup with Popcorn
Fideo Soup

20+ of the BEST canned tomato recipes

20+ of the BEST canned tomato recipes

Turn a can of tomatoes into a flavorful dish with these canned tomato recipes from registered dietitians.

Get ready to celebrate a world of flavors with canned tomatoes! We are celebrating National Nutrition Month all month long, and this year’s theme is all about how you can appreciate flavors from cultures around the world. This is a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity, as we are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! That’s why we asked some of our registered dietitian friends to share their best canned tomato recipes, as these nutrition professionals are the top in their class for providing healthful and delicious food that also celebrates culture.

We love using canned (and jarred tomatoes) as they provide a plethora of antioxidants (such as lycopene) that play an integral role in the reduction of certain types of diseases and cancers. In fact, numerous studies have linked lycopene consumption with prostate cancer protection. While lycopene is present in other fruits such as watermelon and pink grapefruit, tomatoes (which are the second most consumed vegetable second to potatoes in the U.S.), account for more than 85% of the lycopene in the American diet. Interestingly, cooked tomato products may hold particular significance, as the lycopene from cooked and processed tomatoes is more bioavailable than that of fresh tomatoes. Heating or processing breaks down the tomato cell matrix and promotes isomerization of lycopene from all-trans isomers to the more bioavailable form of cis-isomers. Research shows that single daily servings of processed tomato products produce significant increases of lycopene concentrations in blood and buccal mucosal cells in healthy adults.

So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to see how canned tomatoes can help you uncover a world of flavor with these recipes inspired by global cuisine. 

20+ of the BEST canned tomato recipes for National Nutrition Month

For other delicious tomato-based recipes, check out some of our favorites:

Walnut and Mushroom Ragu
Sausage Tortellini Soup
Huevos Rancheros
Greek Style Braised Eggplant

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup

Who said that soups can’t be filling and hearty? This sausage tortellini soup is a warming and filling meal that can be eaten on its own as an entire meal or served alongside your favorite dishes!

This soup combines the delicious flavors of Italian sausage, garlic, oregano, and parsley for an Italian style meal that can be made in under 30 minutes. This is the type of meal that only requires a few steps, which is perfect for busy weeknights since it cuts back on the cooking time while still adding nutrition and flavor.

One of the notable flavors in this dish is an herb called marjoram. It is a Mediterranean herb that has a similar flavor to oregano, and it is a perfect pairing with the other flavors in this soup. Additionally, this recipe calls for cannellini beans (which are a great plant-based addition that provides both extra protein and fiber) and three cheese tortellini to increase the heartiness.

In addition to these nutritious (and filling) ingredients, this Sausage Tortellini Soup calls for canned tomatoes. This is a great ingredient to add to soups and stews, as they provide a depth of flavor and added nutrition. Moreover, they add great color and flavor to the dishes as well as a powerful boost of nutrition through the antioxidant called lycopene. This has powerful health benefits like preventing chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease, so grab a few cans of diced tomatoes to pop into your weeknight soups and stews!

Get the full recipe for Sausage Tortellini Soup by visiting our friends at Red Gold Tomatoes.

For other delicious soup recipes, check out some of our favorites:

Creamy Tomato Soup with Popcorn
Fideo Soup
Santa Fe Chicken Soup

Green Chile Posole Soup

Green Chile Posole Soup

You can never go wrong with a nourishing, flavorful soup that will satisfy your taste buds. This delicious Green Chile Posole Soup is the perfect dish for lunch or dinner and can be easily whipped up in no time. You can make a large pot in the beginning of the week and use it as meal prep to save you time. The convenience, versatility, and affordability of this recipe (due to its use of canned tomatoes) makes it ideal for just about anyone, especially those with a busy schedule who are looking for an easy, healthy recipe.

Canned tomato ingredients are nutrient-packed and contain a ton of flavors that pair well with other vegetables along with your choice of proteins, grains, and seasonings. In fact, canned tomatoes have even MORE nutritional value than fresh tomatoes, providing a powerful impact on human health. The lycopene content found in canned tomatoes allows this ingredient to be one of the most useful, healthy additions to just about any meal. For this dish specifically, the combination of spicy and zesty makes it one that you don’t want to miss out on. The sauteed vegetables stirred into a delicious chicken broth with lime juice, fresh cilantro, and tortilla chips delivers a novel twist to traditional vegetable soup. The grains and vegetables incorporated into this soup provide you with a balanced meal containing a ton of vitamins and minerals that will give you the energy you need to get through the day. Since these ingredients are all stirred into one pot, this allows you to sneak in some vegetables for kids or adults in your family who have a hard time eating healthy foods—they won’t even taste the vegetables!

Get the full recipe for Green Chile Posole Soup by visiting our friends at Produce for Better Health.

For other delicious recipes, check out some of our favorites:

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Bourbon Peach Compote
Easy Chicken Curry
Pizza Stuffed Chicken