Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and amazingly versatile - make delicious soups, sauces, salsas and more with these 10 tasty recipes.
Tomatoes are the perfect thing to bring a splash of sunshine to whatever you’re making.
cheapest throughout the summer months when they’re naturally in season
across Europe, and are at their juiciest then too!
winter, tinned tomatoes add a splash of colour and vibrancy to
everything from pasta sauces and pizza bases to curries and casseroles.
you’re looking at a pile of gorgeous tomatoes and aren’t sure how best
to use them, then click through the next ten ideas and make something
Tomatoes make the perfect summery soup no matter what the weather. From speedy soups to summery, fresh tomato gazpacho, there’s endless ways to serve tomatoes in liquid form!
Try pairing them with classic Mediterranean flavours, or kick it up a gear by adding lots of spice for a deliciously fragrant flavour. Simply sliced and boiled in stock, these gorgeous fruits make a lunch or dinner in a flash. Thanks to their soft, juiciness, tomatoes give a silky smooth texture, a wonderful bright colour and the most delicious perfumed flavour to your soup.
Try tomatoes in these soup recipes:
Tomatoes make up the basis of most curry sauces, from rich Balti to smooth and creamy butter chicken. They provide a complex flavour with a sweet and sour balance, thanks to their sugary juice with its slightly acidic edge. Added at the start of cooking, they will thicken the sauce to a wonderfully deep colour and luxurious texture.
Adding spices enhances the naturally vibrant flavour of tomatoes. Try using them in varying proportions to add a wonderfully fresh edge to your dish. Finely chopped, fresh tomatoes added at the end of a curry provides an immediate burst of extra flavour.
Try our tomato curry recipes:
Tomatoes make the most delicious dip in this Mexican favourite. Finely chopped and flavoured, they are the perfect thing to balance out salty crisps and tortillas chips or to add lightness when spooned onto fajitas. Their flavour compliments crunchy onions or peppers and are the best of friends for herbs like coriander too.
They can be added raw, pureed or chopped, or simmered slowly to make a richer, longer lasting salsa.
Try these tomato salsa recipes:
In the summer, with an abundance of tomatoes at an affordable price, a big tomato salad is one of the most delicious things you can make with just one main ingredient. Simply sliced and dressed in olive oil or lemon juice you can’t beat a variety of colourful tomato raw slices arranged on a plate, served up alongside barbecued meat or fish.
Their naturally rich juicy flavour is the perfect balance to sharp vinaigrettes. When mixed with acidic ingredients in dressings, tomatoes’ own juices mix and mingle cleverly intensifying their own flavour.
Try tomatoes in these salad recipes:
From pizza bases and pasta sauces to barbecue dips, tomatoes can add tonnes of flavour to simple sauces. When cooked down, tomato skin thickens making the liquid thicker, and richer in flavour too. Whatever sauce you are whipping up tomatoes will leave your sauce with a smooth and glossy finish.
Try adding a chopped tomato, remembering to leave the skins on, to gravy to see it thicken easily or make a classic ketchup which makes tomatoes the star of the show.
Try tomatoes in these sauces:
Want to preserve your tomatoes? Turn them into chutney! Tomatoes can be preserved by cooking them down simply with vinegar and spices, meaning you get the wonderful taste of summer right through the colder months.
Their rich, sharp and juicy flesh is the ideal accompaniment to add a little kick to everything from cheeseboards to toasted sandwiches.
Try tomatoes in these chutney recipes:
Tomatoes aren’t just for lunches and dinners, their flesh, bursting with juice, makes the perfect breakfast accompaniment.
Slow-roasted in the oven with balsamic vinegar, served up sliced, fresh in bacon sandwiches, or grilled for a fry-up, they bring a burst of freshness to sausages bacon and eggs that makes them ten times tastier. They’ll also start your day with a helping hand towards that 5-a-day!
Try tomatoes in these breakfast recipes:
Tomatoes add a burst of freshness to any sandwich, making it the perfect pairing with cold meats, cheese – and they’re even delicious just on their own.
Forget dry old sandwiches, simply add a few slices of tomato to add a juicy filling to your next sarnie. Chopped finely, they make a classic bruschetta or popped on top of an open cheese sandwich to add a complimentary sweet note.
Try tomatoes in these sandwich recipes:
Tomatoes are a classic flavour to add to tarts, so what better way to use them? Their sweet flavour intensifies in the oven giving a rich flavour which is perfect to cut through bubbling, grilled cheese or a rich and buttery pastry. Using tomatoes in this easy way means a simple way to help the kids towards their 5-a-day also!Just as delicious added raw, baked in the oven, or sliced and fried before spooning on top of the pastry case, experiment with them to see which method you prefer.
Try tomatoes in these tart recipes:
The size and shape of tomatoes lends themselves perfectly to being stuffed with anything from minced beef to cheese, providing the perfect size portion every time.
Their flesh is firm enough to hold the filling in place while also being soft enough to melt into the stuffing when its time to tuck in.
Try tomatoes in these recipes:
- Gino D’Acampo’s walnut and goat’s cheese stuffed roasted tomatoes
- Roasted tomato stuffed mushrooms
- Slimming Work’s spicy rice stuffed tomatoes
- Lamb and feta stuffed tomatoes
- Feta stuffed tomatoes