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Tomatoes are one of the easiet ingredients to cook. From tomato sauce for pasta recipes to simply prepared cherry tomatoes for salad recipes, tomatoes are very versatile and bursting with sweet and juicy flavour.
How to cook with tomatoes
Not sure what to make with your tomatoes? You've come to the right place. We've got lots of cheap, quick and easy tomato recipes that are perfect for rustling up in your own home. Whether you fancy making homemade tomato salsa or classic tomato soup, our simple recipes are perfect for beginners.
If you know how to cook and prepare tomatoes and want to take this delicious fruit to the next level we've got some great recipes that are sure to keep you occupied in the kitchen and finish with a heavenly result like our tomato baked chicken, a mouth-watering chicken and tomato recipe that the whole family can enjoy.
And if that's not enough, we've rounded up our top 20 ways with tomatoes including delicious sundried tomato recipes - enjoy!
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Make a classic spaghetti Bolognese recipe with homemade Bolognese sauce and tender chunks of beef, making this dish a family favourite. Ditching the jar of readymade sauce will be the best decision you ever make. This traditional tomato-based sauce is flavoured with garlic, oregano and a hint of Worcestershire sauce. This easy recipe has also been triple tested in the Woman's Weekly kitchen so you know it's going to be a hit! This classic spaghetti Bolognese recipe serves 4 people and takes approximately 50 mins to make. If you have any leftovers, pop into a Tupperware or airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. You could also freeze leftovers; just make sure you defrost thoroughly before reheating.(327 ratings)
Our detox Buddha bowl is full of nutritious and filling ingredients, as well as bright colours and interesting textures for the perfect midweek dinner. This is a meat-free option that uses oily mackerel instead. Although this dish might be quite high in calories, it's actually full of all the nutrients you need to feel full and for your body to receive a balanced meal. The dressing is different to what you might normally have as a dressing as it is quite thick, but it's also full of delicious spices and fragrances that go really well with the leafy veg and the fish. Prepare and assemble this Buddha bowl in 30 minutes for a speedy and tasty midweek meal choice.
This classic Catalan beef stew recipe is a family favourite. Saffron, thyme and white wine combine to give this Spanish beef stew a unique flavour. A tasty winter warmer! This Catalan beef stew recipe takes around 2hrs and 50 mins to prepare and cook and will serve around 6 people. This hearty stew turns your cut of beef into a tender, soft dish you'll want to make time and time again.(31 ratings)
This classic tomato soup recipe is the perfect recipe to whip up on a cold winter's evening, for a starter at a dinner party or special occassion, or maybe you just fancy a lighter dinner than usual but still want lots of nutrients. Packed with fresh tomatoes, not only is this a quick soup recipe, it's healthy and filling too. Not only that, but the kids are guaranteed to love it - who doesn't like a classic tomato soup? So easy to make that we dare say, you'll never buy tinned tomato soup again. Top off with a dollop of cream fraiche, a sprinkle of black pepper and some garnish if you have any to hand. Serve with a chunk of warm fresh bread.(92 ratings)
These Mediterranean stuffed layered loaves are perfect to bring along to a summer picnic - full of mozzarella and tasty, juicy veg, it's a really great change from the usual cheese sandwiches. Not only does it taste delicious, it also looks really impressive too, as you can see all the colours from the different veg and mozzarella in all the layers when you cut through. Make sure you take the time to chill the sandwiches in the fridge for a few hours, as the recipe recommends, because this way the juices from the grilled veg will have time to soak into the bread, not only keeping it extra moist but also adding a really fab flavour to it. This Mediterranean layered sandwich is a great grown-up choice for a picnic, and ideal for sharing with friends! Make the night before so all you need to do is grab them from the fridge before you leave!(17 ratings)
This easy Gazpacho recipe is a classic. There is nothing more refreshing on a scorching hot summers day than a bowl or glass of this refreshing chilled soup. You will find this traditional Spanish soup served everywhere in Spain where it is made with fabulous sun-ripened vegetables. You can make this with fresh flavourful summer tomatoes if you like, but it is best to skin and de-seed them first, so we have made this soup with canned tomatoes. This chilled soup makes a great summer canapé served in tiny shot glasses too. This recipe serves 6 people and will take only 15 mins to make plus chilling time.(21 ratings)
This chicken and tomato pasta bake recipe is so easy! Nothing beats a chicken and tomato pasta bake for a delicious and filling mid-week supper. This one has a lovely rich garlic and tomato sauce and is topped with masses of melting mozzarella cheese. You can choose any shape of dried pasta for this dish we've used spirals but shells, twists or short-cut macaroni will work just as well. To prepare the bake in advance, leave the pasta and chicken and tomato sauce to cool in the dish (without the cheese topping). Cover and chill for up to 24 hrs. To bake from chilled, sprinkle with the cheese and cook at 200°C/400°F/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6 for 25-30 mins until piping hot.(197 ratings)
Red pepper and tomato are the perfect foodie combination in this classic soup recipe, that gives an old family favourite a little updating. We love the warm flavour of the roasted peppers against the tomatoes - simple to prepare and easy to enjoy this soup is a crowd-pleaser for sure. Use the biggest red peppers you can find. Not only are they extra juicy but they'll go a little bit further in creating the perfect base of flavour. This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 2hrs to prepare and make - it is well worth the wait!(460 ratings)
Mini roasted cauliflowers with tomato sauce, spinach and pancetta make a veg-packed dinner for the whole family. This easy recipe takes only 35 mins to make. The mini cauliflower heads are the perfect size to roast quickly, cooked in a rich tomato sauce with Worcestershire sauce kick. Top with a generous helpingof cheese. This tasty recipe counts as 5 of your 5-a-day and is only 407 calories per serving.(8 ratings)
This roasted ratatouille recipe is a great option for a healthy family meal. Packed with vegetables in a delicious tomato sauce, the whole family will enjoy this dish. This recipe makes mouth-watering roasted ratatouille, perfect served with meats like chicken or beef, and with fish too like cod or salmon fillets. It will take 1hr and 20 mins to make this delicious vegetable dish. This recipe serves 6 people and works out at only 150 calories per serving. Roasting the vegetables before making this ratatouille means each vegetable is infused with a delicious flavour. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days - reheat thoroughly before serving.(37 ratings)
Veg pesto pasta puts a fab twist on a classic pesto recipe - as well as using basil, it's got broccoli, peas, courgette and spinach in it which give it a really lovely flavour and a 5-a-day boost. You can have this recipe on the table in 25 minutes which makes it a good midweek choice. It's almost as speedy as it would be to use pesto out of a jar, except it's healthier and you know exactly what's going into the food you're going to eat. It's a really fab way of getting more veg into your children's diet without them necessarily knowing it. Everyone at home will love this recipe, especially if you grate some Parmesan over the top - you'll find yourself making it time and time again.(1 ratings)
Breakfast bubble and squeak is a delicious way to start the day, because who says it should just be for dinner? You can't beat a cooked breakfast and this recipe serves up this British classic with fried eggs and Lincolnshire sausages alongside a tasty tomato sauce. Making breakfast bubble and squeak from scratch is definitely worth the wait, but if you have leftover mashed potatoes from the night before then skip the potato-cooking stage and get your spuds straight in the pan. You can also add in any other cooked veggies you have - carrots, parsnips and spinach all work well when mashed or shredded down and will give your breakfast an extra vitamin kick!(4 ratings)
This easy, classic lasagne recipe can be ready on the table in 2hrs. This delicious pasta dish is made with layers of meat, sauce and lasagne sheets. Make this classic Italian pasta recipe with layers of lean beef mince and tomato sauce topped with a cheddar and parmesan cheese sauce – a perfect way to warm up your winter weekend! This simple recipe serves 6-8 people and is ideal if you're feeding lots of people in one go. If you want to make this dish extra healthy, swap the beef mince for turkey mince instead or for the vegetarian version opt for Quorn mince instead. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving again. You can freeze this lasagne too. Leave it to cool after cooking, pop into an airtight container and freeze straight away for up to 1 month. To defrost, leave in the fridge overnight and once again reheat thoroughly before serving.(35 ratings)
This mouth-watering tomato baked chicken recipe serves 4 people and can be on the table in just 35 mins making it the perfect go-to mid-week meal for the whole family. Chicken thighs are cheap as chips, but if you don't know what to do with them we've got the answer - knock up this chicken and tomato casserole-style dish. It doesn't take much to make this rich tomato sauce; a readymade jar, some stock and herbs and you've got yourself a quick and easy meal on a budget. Serve with rice or potatoes.(110 ratings)
Slimming World's low-fat tomato soup recipe is a really easy and delicious soup that takes hardly any time to rustle up. It's ideal for lunch and can be made in batches too - perfect if you're trying to save time and money. This tasty soup is made with chopped tomatoes, infused with garlic and topped with a generous swirl of low-fat natural fromage frais. This soup saves 4 people and will take around 35 mins to make. Leftovers can be frozen and saved for future use. Leave to defrost in the fridge over night before reheating thoroughly. Serve with homemade crusty bread or garlic bread for a naughty treat.(376 ratings)
Mozzarella and tomato toasties make the easiest open pizzas topped with melted cheese, tomatoes and pesto. It's a really quick lunch to make for the kids and it's so easy, they can even you help you make it! All you need is a handful of ingredients, but feel free to mix and match with any leftovers you have in your fridge - in fact, think of them as a pizza. Anything goes!(1 ratings)
Don't be put off by how long these potato skins take to cook - there's very little work involved! And you can make the dips in the meantime.(29 ratings)
Flavour-packed roasted cauliflower and cherry tomato dhal is so simple to make and only 211 calories! It takes around an hour to cook, but it's worth the wait. Made with yellow split peas and topped with cauliflower and cherry tomatoes, this dhal is full of all the classic Indian spices as well as onion and ginger. Get some naan bread for dipping and you've got a delicious Indian meal that's good for you too.
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