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What to do with a can of diced tomatoes – make pasta sauce?

I have 2 cans of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano in it which was bought by accident. What should I do with it? I was thinking of making a spaghetti sauce, how do I do this?

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10 Responses to “What to do with a can of diced tomatoes – make pasta sauce?”

  1. mama2faith said:

    Actually, just the canned tomatoes with spaghetti would be yummy, but if you want to jazz it up a bit you could saute some onions and garlic in olive oil, add some black olives if you like, then pour in the tomatoes and voila! Spaghetti sauce.

    Add some sugar (not much, just a teaspoon or so) if the tomatoes are too tart. Or you could add some red pepper flakes to bring up the heat.

    Happy cooking!

  2. triviapunky said:

    You could use it to make lasagna or chili or goulash. But the spaghetti sounds good too.

  3. Jeff the drummer said:

    ditto what mama said above – that’s the best answer!

  4. mouse said:

    Drain the liquid out of the can, toast up some french bread, top with the tomatoes, add a little parmigiana cheese…voila – bruschetta!

  5. man1360 said:

    ok the best option is to make pasta Napolitana.
    fist heat up your frying pan with oil, then empty the can in the pan, add some capers(optional), salt and pepper(the magical seasoning), and the last put some diced olives in it. Then add up your half cooked pasta to it and cook it for 3, 4 minutes then ENJOYEEE it

  6. doclakewrite said:

    Do you want to have meat in this sauce????
    If you do put 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot and heat, add the meat(beef,pork ribs etc) and brown well on both sides.
    add the 2 tins of tomatoes to the meat and leave on medium heat, add 1 small can of tomato paste(if you have it) to this mixture and blend well, add 1 or 2 bay leaves if you have them.
    bring to a low bubbling and then you want to turn down the temp to low and let it simmer uncovered for a couple of hours.
    every 30 min or so you can give it a stir, if the heat is too hight it will be stickling to the bottom, in that case turn it down even lower.
    after you have cooked it for a couple hours, them sprinkle on the top of it 2-3 tablespoons of grated parmesan or romano cheese. mix well into the sauce
    it is an easy sauce and tastes great, the meat will probably be falling off the bones.
    if you don’t want the meat, just omit the meat step and continue on with the rest

  7. ciaobella713 said:

    put the diced tomtoes in the pot, on the stove. Add chopped garlic and oregano and basil to it, with a little salt and pepper. Cook to warm than drain your pasta put in a pan. and toss the pasta and sauce together..

  8. Nicole D said:

    I like the suggestions above…

    Or take some chicken, bone in, place it in the bottom of a casserole dish. Dump the tomatoes over top with about 1 cup of water. Bake, covered, at 350 for 30 minutes. Take off the cover, sprinkle dried stuffing mix over all, sprinkle 1/3 cup water over this, recover, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove, top with parmesean cheese, and serve with a green salad.

  9. Heather C said:

    Baked Radiatore

    � 1 pkg. (10 oz.) dry radiatore or other cut pasta
    � 1 Tbsp. olive oil
    � 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
    � 2 cloves garlic, minced
    � 1 can (14.5 oz.) CONTADINA� Recipe Ready Diced Tomatoes with Italian Seasonings
    � 2 cans (6 oz. each) CONTADINA Tomato Paste with Roasted Garlic
    � 1 cup chicken broth
    � 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
    � 1-1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
    � 1/2 cup (2 oz.) grated Parmesan cheese

    1. COOK pasta according to package directions; drain.

    2. HEAT oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, broth and basil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Bring to boil. Reduced heat to low; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

    3. COMBINE pasta, sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese in large bowl; pour into 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.

    4. BAKE in preheated 375�F oven, 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

    Prep Time: 10 min
    Cook Time: 10 min

  10. Hillary said:

    Well, if you sautee it with oil or butter and whatever meats or veggies you like, the tomatoes will cook down until it’s a chunky delicious sauce pretty much all by itself. Diced tomatoes are also good to save for stews and soups and chilis … I have lots of those recipes, IM me if you’re interested.


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