Pumpkin chickpea coconut curry in a bowl. How to make the most of tinned food

Try these recipes using tinned food for easy meals that seriously deliver on the flavour front.

Cooking with tinned food can produce the most impressive dinners with minimum fuss and without breaking the bank – there’s so much more than baked beans or tuna mayo (although either on a fluffy baked potato is a mighty fine dinner indeed). These recipes have all been created with cans in mind, making them great, tasty options for the entire family that will also help you to save money and make your meals go further.

Warming, comforting and will give your taste buds a little tickle, this veggie curry is everything you need in January and beyond. Plus, if you have any root veg in the cupboard that needs eating, swap them in instead of the pumpkin. Perfect.


For a dinner that is packed with flavour and then some, this recipe is it. The combination of anchovies, feta, tinned tomatoes and Kalamata olives, sitting pretty in a shortcrust pastry case, is one that will have you coming back for more.


Looking for a side dish that will elevate your Sunday roast this weekend? Spicy chorizo, sweet tinned pears and bright red cabbage will not only add colour to your table, but will give humble seasonal ingredients a little kick.


The ultimate store-cupboard saviour that’s delicious and nutritious. The lentils are filling and comforting, while the crispy bacon adds a moreish smoky flavour. You can chuck in any leftover veg you might have in the fridge, so it’s a winner on all fronts.


Now this is Jamie’s favourite pasta dish, hands down. And it’s so simple to make. Pasta, tinned plum tomatoes, anchovies, garlic and a kick of red chilli – what’s not to love?


The aromatic spices in this Brazilian-inspired recipe will transport you to sunnier climes in moments! Plus, this oh-so delicious dish is made using protein-packed black beans so will keep you feeling fuller for longer. The ideal winter warmer.


Whiz up some chickpeas with tahini and you have the most wonderful creamy houmous – so much better than shop-bought, and cheaper too. Chickpeas are high in protein and fibre and with more than 10 micronutrients, this is a great nutritious snack.


While a classic clafoutis is made with cherries, this one uses sweet tinned peaches and is seriously good. Served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, it’s the taste of summer you can enjoy at any time of year.