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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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Spaghetti Bolognese is a classic that we just don't get tired of. Our traditional spaghetti Bolognese recipe is made with homemade Bolognese sauce and tender chunks of beef, making this dish a family favourite. This spaghetti Bolognese recipe will be one of the best recipe for spaghetti Bolognese youíve ever tried, as itís been carefully tested in our kitchen. With this simple Bolognese recipe, you can ditch the jar of ready made sauce - it will be the best decision you ever make. This classic tomato-based sauce is flavoured with garlic, oregano and a hint of Worcestershire sauce, for an explosion of flavour. Because youíre making the delicious Bolognese sauce yourself from scratch, you can avoid the excessive quantities of salt and sugar that you sometimes find in shop-bought sauces Ė but donít worry, this Bolognese recipe is still easy and super simple to make. With this recipe for spaghetti Bolognese, you can feed 4 people, but if you need to make dinner for more people, all you have to do is double up this spaghetti Bolognese recipe. This easy spaghetti Bolognese recipe has also been triple tested in the Woman's Weekly kitchen so you know it's going to be a hit with your friends or family! This simple recipe will show you how to make spaghetti bolognese in the easiest way possible. It takes approximately 50 mins to make, so you can have dinner ready on the table in less than an hour, perfect if you want a homemade and filling supper but donít have much time. 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. It will be the best spaghetti Bolognese recipe youíve ever tried!(607 ratings)
Chicken pasta bake is a classic family meal and this chicken and tomato pasta bake recipe is so easy to make! Nothing beats a chicken and tomato pasta bake for a delicious and filling midweek supper. This chicken pasta bake has a lovely rich garlic and tomato sauce and is topped with masses of melting mozzarella cheese for a really creamy topping. You can choose any shape of dried pasta - for this chicken pasta bake we've used spirals, but shells, twists or short-cut macaroni will work just as well. This easy chicken pasta is a great midweek family meal, especially if youíre short on time to make dinner as you can prepare it ahead. 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. if youíre making this dish ahead and want to bake it from chilled, all you have to do is sprinkle with the cheese and cook at 200įC/400įF/Fan 180įC/Gas Mark 6 for 25-30 mins until piping hot. This is one of our favourite chicken and pasta recipes and we bet youíll love it too!(298 ratings)
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has made this spiced tomato and coconut soup recipe, a wonderful version of a spicy South Indian tomato soup. Originally featured in his book accompanying the Channel 4 series, Gordon's Great Escape, this tomato and coconut soup is really tasty and easy to make infused with sweet tomatoes and warmed with a hint of ginger. We recommend using whole coconut milk rather than low-fat for the ultimate taste. Serve with a garnish of coriander leaves and toasted almonds. This recipe serves 4 people and will take 1hr to prepare and cook. This soup is best served on the day its made but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(11 ratings)
This easy tomato chutney is a tasty preserve that will go wonderfully with a variety of dishes such as cheese and biscuits, or delicious cold meats. This chutney is so easy to make - all the ingredients are chucked into one pan and simmered slowly, to produce a rich, tasty preserve that will go wonderfully with so many different dishes. For example, why not try serving a hearty sausage and mash meal with a dollop of tomato chutney on the side? A sophisticated take on the classic red sauce (ketchup for all you fans out there!) it will really enhance the flavours in the meal and make a great addition to your dish. This recipe can make up to six jars of chutney and should be stored for at least one month before eating. However, once youíve opened the jar, if you pop it in the fridge, you can use the tomato chutney for up to three or four months! Or, make like Kate Middleton and once youíve made a couple of jars for yourself, why not finish off your other jars with smart ribbons or sweet tags and then give them as gifts? A jar of tomato chutney makes a lovely, thoughtful homemade gift for friends and family. Itís well known that when Kate spent her first Christmas with Prince William and the royal family, she gifted the Queen a jar of homemade chutney as a festive gift. What a good idea for a lady who has everything! Although our easy tomato chutney recipe might not have a royal seal of approval (yet) it certainly has ours, and is a favourite of the teamís to make and enjoy throughout the year and for any occasion! Read on to discover how to make your own delicious but easy tomato chutneyÖ(122 ratings)
Our vegetarian Moussaka recipe is simple to make serving 4 people and ready in just 55 mins. The Greek classic tastes as good made with vegetables as it does with the usual minced lamb. This traditional bake is made with layers of aubergine, a rich tomato sauce and plenty of cheese. It's a great way of sneaking vegetables into your family's diet too as the sauce and heaps of cheese disguise the veg nicely. If you have any leftovers store in an airtight container for up to 2 days and make sure you reheat thoroughly before serving. A portion of this delicious bake works out at 572 calories per serving.(26 ratings)
Tomato and chilli soup is the perfect comfort food for those evenings when itís raining outside and the nights are drawing in. This comforting homemade tomato soup served piping hot can be just what the doctor ordered. There are few moments that can beat that first dunk of a warm crusty (always buttered) baguette or the first slurp of tomato and chilli soup. If you have a glut of ripened tomatoes, then of course use those, but tinned tomatoes act as a great and cheaper substitute all year around. For a creamier soup, add 200ml of single cream at the very end. The chilli in this recipe gives an already hearty dish a spicy kick that brings your soup to life.(283 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.(38 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!(18 ratings)
Slimming World's low-fat tomato soup recipe is a really easy and delicious soup that takes hardly any time to rustle up. This Slimming World tomato soup is 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 Slimming World tomato 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.(392 ratings)
Lasagne is a classic that everyone loves. Make this easy lasagne recipe to share and the whole family will love this classic Italian dinner. This version has layers of lean beef mince and tomato sauce, cheddar and parmesan cheese sauce and lasagne sheets. This simple lasagne recipe serves 6-8 people and is ideal if you're feeding lots of people in one go. It'll be on the table in 2 hours, but it's so worth the wait. If you want to make this recipe healthier, swap the beef mince for turkey mince 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.(54 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 occasion. This delicious tomato soup would also be ideal if you maybe just fancy a lighter dinner than usual but still want lots of nutrients. Packed with fresh tomatoes, this soup is great way to make sure you're getting your 5-a-day. Not only is this tomato soup recipe a quick soup recipe, it's healthy and filling too. The kids are guaranteed to love it too - who doesn't like a classic tomato soup? This healthy tomato soup is so easy to make that we dare say you'll never buy tinned tomato soup again. Unlike canned tomato soup, you know exactly what you're putting in to your soup, so it makes it a much healthier option. Top off with a dollop of creme fraiche, a sprinkle of black pepper and some garnish if you have any to hand. Serve with a chunk of warm fresh bread, to make it a more filling meal or just have it on its own.(100 ratings)
Slimming World's bacon and tomato risotto recipe is an easy win. Simple and quick to make, follow Slimming World's recipe to make this classic risotto. No complicated cooking needed here, just pop this in the oven and enjoy a delicious bacon and cherry tomato risotto an hour later. The best part is that this delicious Slimming World easy recipe only takes 20 minutes to prepare, so you donít have to spend too much time in the kitchen and still have one of the best Slimming World dinners. Itís especially handy for a midweek dinner when you still want to commit to your Slimming World plan but donít have much time to whip up a meal that will work for you and the rest of the family as well. With courgettes and cherry tomatoes, this extra easy Slimming World recipe also helps you reach your 5-a-day, keeping you healthy while also helping you get slimmer. If you want to make this risotto recipe vegetarian-friendly for yourself or a veggie friend or family member, all you have to do is remove the bacon. To up your vegetable count in this Slimming World recipe you could replace the bacon with another vegetable and up your 5-a-day count. And if you want to make it even healthier, why not have with a side green salad with fresh spinach and rocket? This recipe serves 4 people, which means the whole family can enjoy tucking into this for dinner together. You could also keep leftovers for lunch for the week Ė this dish will keep in the fridge in a Tupperware for a few days.(80 ratings)
This vegetarian-friendly Quorn, squash and spinach lasagne is so easy to make. This fresh vegetable lasagne recipe is so easy to make and deliciously filling thanks to the seasonal butternut squash, veggie mince and parmesan crust topping. This recipe serves 4 people and will take 1hr in total to cook. It's a great dish that whole family can enjoy together, plus its lower in fat than your average lasagne as Quorn has less fat than traditional minced meat like beef or pork. The squash and spinach in this recipe work wonders together to make one mouth-watering dish. Don't forget to be generous with the cheese before serving.(33 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.(45 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 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.(125 ratings)
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