3 unexpected ideas with canned tomatoes

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3 unexpected ideas with canned tomatoes

Canned tomatoes must be the hardest-working pantry item out there. From spag bol to minestrone and curries, the humble tomato can do so much. For those times who want something a little different, here are some of our favourite unexpected ways to use canned tomatoes.

1. Easy tomato shakshuka

Whether you’re eating it for breakfast, brunch or dinner, shakshuka is the ultimate comforting all-in-one dish. We also love it for its riffable quality: you can swap out the chorizo for bacon (or leave it out entirely), crumble over feta or even add crispy roast chickpeas for texture.

Get the recipe for easy tomato shakshuka here.

2. Potato bread, tomato soup and roasted raclette

There’s a reason this tomato soup was our May cover star and it’s all we want to eat in this chilly weather. If you look at the soup’s ingredients, you’ll notice a very concise list. If you’ve got tins of tomatoes in the cupboard, the work is half done.
potato bread tomato soup and roasted raclette
Get the recipe for potato bread, tomato soup and roasted raclette.

3. Easy tomato-hake curry

We’ve all been there – work finishes late and you’ve got a hankering for a curry, and in the time it would take to wait for a delivery to arrive, you could have this warming curry on the table. Feel free to play around with add-ins here, such as baby spinach or peas or swap out the fish for chicken breasts (just adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure they’re cooked through).

Get the recipe for easy tomato-hake curry.

Jess Spiro Article by: Jess Spiro

Jess Spiro is a freelance food writer, chef and restaurant critic based in Cape Town, who can often be found in search of the next great plate of food. Follow her on Instagram @jess_spiro to see what she's eating.

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