22 Ways To Turn a Can of Tomatoes into a Delicious Dinner

Baked Ziti with Sausage
Photo: Southern Living

If you think there are only a few recipes that you can make with a can of tomatoes, think again. From pasta dishes to soups to homemade pizza and more, these recipes will help you turn that can of tomatoes that's sitting in your pantry into a crowd-pleasing dinner dish. While we'll always love and use fresh summer tomatoes in our tomato pies and white bread sandwiches, sometimes canned tomatoes are just the pantry staple we need for a fast and flavorful dinner.

Make sure to stock up on this must-have ingredient on your next trip to the grocery store so you can try out every single one of these 22 canned tomato recipes.

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Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken-Spaghetti Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

If you've never served this cheesy chicken version of spaghetti before, it will soon become a regular on your weeknight dinner rotation.

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Smoky Mountain Brunswick Stew

Smoky Mountain Brunswick Stew
Southern Living

Recipe: Smoky Mountain Brunswick Stew

Packed with pork, chicken, and veggies, this hearty stew is full of protein and flavor.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Spend 20 minutes of prep time in the kitchen and let your slow cooker do the rest of the work.

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Martina McBride's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Courtesy Oxmoor House

Recipe: Martina McBride's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Shared in her cookbook Martina's Kitchen Mix, Martina McBride says this is a creamy, comforting version of the classic soup.

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Herbed Beef Ragu

Herbed Beef Ragu

Recipe: Herbed Beef Ragu

Sautéed onions, carrots, celery, and garlic serve as a flavorful base for this slow-cooker meat sauce.

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Baked Ziti with Sausage

Baked Ziti with Sausage
Southern Living

Recipe: Baked Ziti with Sausage

A trio of three cheeses, ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan, make this casserole a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Classic Okra and Tomatoes

Classic Okra And Tomatoes
Southern Living

Recipe: Classic Okra and Tomatoes

Tomatoes and okra are a match made in heaven in this classic Southern dish.

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Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy

Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy

Serving plated burgers topped with tomato gravy give an elegant twist to the cookout classic.

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Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce

Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce

These slow-cooker meatballs with tomato sauce were created with the idea of serving them as sliders, but they'll be equally as delicious served over pasta.

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Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup

Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup

This version of vegetable soup comes together in just 40 minutes. Topping each serving with basil pesto adds extra flavor in an instant.

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West Texas Chili

West Texas Chili
Southern Living

Recipe: West Texas Chili

Texas-style chili is known for its lack of beans. Enjoy with a spoon or serve over a bed of corn chips.

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Easy Taco Casserole

Easy Taco Casserole
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero

Recipe: Easy Taco Casserole

Switch up taco night and enjoy them in casserole form with this easy recipe.

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Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup

Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup

This light and bright soup proves that it's not just a cold-weather dish.

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Potato Crusted Pizza

Potato-Crusted Pizza Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Potato Crusted Pizza

You'll be surprised to learn that this homemade pizza recipe calls for just five ingredients. It's even easier to pull together than ordering delivery.

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Summer Brunswick Stew

Summer Brunswick Stew
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Summer Brunswick Stew

Choose your favorite barbecue sauce to personalize the flavor of this summer stew.

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Quick Beef Chili

Quick Beef Chili
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Quick Beef Chili

Upgrade chili night by serving with an assortment of toppings: green onions, fried onion rings, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese.

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Cajun Chicken Cassoulet

Cajun Chicken Cassoulet
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Cajun Chicken Cassoulet

Using a Dutch oven for this one-dish dinner allows you to easily move this dish from the stovetop to the oven.

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Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Serve with crusty French bread to ensure that you can soak up every last drop of flavor.

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Skillet Enchiladas Suizas

Skillet Enchiladas Suizas
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Skillet Enchiladas Suizas

This easy skillet take on enchiladas comes together in just 25 minutes.

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Tomato 'n' Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust

Ground Beef Recipes: Tomato ’n’ Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Tomato 'n' Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust

A cornmeal crust serves as the base for a layer of meat and veggies that's finished off with a layer of Cheddar cheese. This one-dish meal is a weeknight winner.

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Slow-Cooker Peas-and-Greens Soup with Turkey Sausage

Slow-Cooker Peas-and-Greens Soup with Turkey Sausage
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Peas-and-Greens Soup with Turkey Sausage

The kale and tomatoes will be added just before serving after all of the other flavors of the soup have developed.

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Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup

Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup, chicken tortilla soup, tortilla soup recipe

Recipe: Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup

This version of tortilla soup gets an extra depth of flavor from the smoked chicken and New Mexico chile powder.

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