While we patiently await a summer of fresh tomatoes, we've partnered with Muir Glen Organic to share springy recipes that use one of our favorite weeknight mainstays: canned tomatoes.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, and I'll say it again after that: I keep a good roster of versatile pantry staples, and I reach for none so often as canned tomatoes. When I truly have nothing in the house, I still have a can of tomatoes. And from there I can make soup, or sauce, or any number of things—dinner for one, brunch for four, or snacks galore suddenly seem not only accessible, but colorful and inspiring.
Whether you have 5 minutes, 40 minutes, or somewhere in between, you can make something you truly are excited to eat—a veritable trough of salsa as peppery or soupy or thick as you like it (just add chips), a brunch-worthy shakshuka, or a bowl of smoky clams to linger over. Or a million other things, all adaptable to whatever's already in the fridge or at the market. These are just a few favorites:
You have a can of tomatoes and 30 minutes and you're hungry. What do you make? Tell us in the comments below.
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Muir Glen Organic's got variety going for it: Their flavorful, organic canned tomatoes come in almost any form you'd need, from crushed or diced to fire-roasted and dotted with basil. See all their products here.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).