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
Easy Spicy Lentil Chili
This lentil chili is easy to make and packed with flavor. It’s hearty and filling with fiber from lentils, pinto beans, and veggies.
Best Vegan Tikka Masala Recipe
Want to learn how do you make the best tikka masala sauce from scratch? Look no further! This vegan tikka masala recipe is loaded with plant-based ingredients and the perfect easy and healthy ethnic recipe to feed a crowd.
Low Sodium Mushroom Chili
Do you love mushrooms? Then this is just the warming bowl of chili you’ll want to eat all winter long! Mushroom chili is heart healthy, high protein, vegan, and works for all your guests’ dietary needs. So delicious, too! Make a big pot of this meal prep friendly, low sodium chili today!
This is the best lasagna for kids! It's made with plenty of sauce, with cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and the spinach blends right in. Even kids who prefer not to eat anything 'green', will likely make an exception when they see this!
Homemade Pizza Marinara Sauce
Homemade pizza marinara sauce is easy, healthy, and only takes about 15 minutes to whip up! Who knew marinara sauce from scratch was so easy?
Almost Perfect Tomato Achar
Almost Perfect Tomato Achar is a staple condiment made with tomatoes and preserved in oil and spices.
Instant Pot Chicken Vindaloo
This recipe is all about insanely delicious Instant Pot Chicken Vindaloo made with chicken thighs and toasted spices. All the warm, smokey spices combine to create a silky smooth sauce packed full of flavor.
Pressure Cooker Minestrone Soup
Vegetarian Pressure Cooker Minestrone Soup is a healthy recipe full of fiber, flavor and other good-for-you nutrition! Cozy up and enjoy a warm bowl on a chilly day.
Sauerkraut is a Croatian tradition. My Grandma made this sauerkraut recipe at almost every family event we had.
The BEST no-boil lasanga recipe around. Made with tons of cheese, beef & sausage, plenty of tomatoes, and ricotta cheese all baked to perfection. Gluten-free instructions included.
Italian Sausage Pasta Bake
A blend of Sweet Italian Sausage and ground beef with a hearty dose of vegetables makes this hearty dish a perfect, slightly indulgent winter meal.
Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce
Step away from the jarred spaghetti sauces! Once you try this super-simple, 3-ingredient pasta sauce, you’ll use it on everything.
Vegan White Bean and Tomato Skillet
This vegan white bean skillet recipe is one we make every week. With a combination of white beans, tomatoes, veggies and pizza spices, it’s earned its recognized name as Pizza Beans!
One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac
Vegetarian chili mac is a classic comfort food recipe that's made in one pot in just 30 minutes. This recipe is great for weeknight dinners and is super easy to make!
Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers--Italian Style
These vegetarian stuffed peppers are absolutely amazing and just may become one of your favorite meals to make! Colorful bell peppers stuffed with zucchini, onion, garlic, farro, beans, tomato, spices, and melted cheese, it's a meal that the whole family will love!
One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Make this 20 minute, pantry ingredient, one pot chicken parmesan pasta with crispy breadcrumbs instead of the traditional crispy, cheesy chicken parmesan. It's quicker, easier, and just as flavorful and cheesy.
One Pot Baked Greek Chicken Stew
One-pot Baked Greek Chicken Stew is bursting with flavor. Olives, tomatoes, capers, garlic, and beans make this easy chicken casserole one of my favorites!
Vegan Eggplant Meatballs with Tempeh in Tomato Sauce
Dinner's served with these plant-based eggplant meatballs. They taste so good that your family won't even miss the meat!
Beef & Quinoa Healthy Chili
This Beef & Quinoa chili makes a delicious and healthy one pot meal that can be made in less than 30 minutes. A perfect dinner recipe for busy weeknights!
Instant Pot Chicken Stew
This Instant Pot Chicken Stew will be a cool-weather staple. It’s packed with hearty vegetables, beans and lean protein making it a simple well-rounded meal.
Easy Shakshuka with Harissa
A traditional Middle Eastern dish with a North African twist, this easy shakshuka with harissa (eggs baked in a spicy tomato stew) is a delicious savory dish to put on your Sunday brunch menu!
Spicy Fish Stew with Potatoes and Fennel
This fresh and tasty Spicy Fish Stew with Potatoes and Fennel is inspired by the classic Italian saute of fennel, garlic and crushed red pepper. Perfect year-round, I especially like it in the spring when the nights are still chilly but I’m craving lighter dishes.
Chunky Tomato Cabbage Soup
Chunky tomato cabbage soup is the ultimate cozy comfort food. And this one is so simple to make, you’ll be enjoying it in no time! Cook up a batch and enjoy the leftovers for days. Or pop it in the freezer for some busy time.
For other delicious tomato-based recipes, check out some of our favorites:
Walnut and Mushroom Ragu
Sausage Tortellini Soup
Greek Style Braised Eggplant