Canned tomatoes are a quintessential pantry staple. You can turn them into a flavorful sauce for your meatballs, use them to dress up tomato soup, or incorporate them into a hearty pasta bake. Eating Well recommends stocking your pantry with a variety of canned tomatoes; crushed tomatoes will give your dishes a smoother finish, while diced tomatoes will add a chunkier texture to your meals. When you need an easy dinner, make one of these 6 delicious dishes; thanks to canned tomatoes, they’re a breeze to prepare!
1. Baked Pasta with Tomatoes and Parmesan
Filled with cheese, rigatoni, and canned tomatoes, baked pasta with tomatoes and parmesan is a weeknight must. Martha Stewart notes that this cooking method was adapted from Giuilano Bugialli’s Classic Techniques of Italian Cooking, and involves baking dry pasta with tomatoes, which results in a tender and authentic Italian pasta dish. The best part? This recipe requires very little prep time; let your dry pasta soak in olive oil, combine your ingredients, bake, sprinkle with cheese, and dig in.
- ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound rigatoni or penne pasta
- 2 (28-ounce) cans, whole tomatoes, crushed, or 4 pounds very ripe summer tomatoes, cored and sliced ½-inch thick
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place oil in a large bowl. Add dry pasta and stir until well coated; let stand for 20 minutes. Add tomatoes to pasta mixture; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Transfer to a 2½-quart baking dish. Cover with a parchment-lined aluminum foil. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes with a wooden spoon, for 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese, and stir to incorporate. Serve immediately.