Keeping flavorful ingredients on hand is the best way to make sure you never have to suffer through a boring weeknight dinner. Some people stock up on interesting grains and seeds, so they can make these buckwheat recipes, while others opt for shelf-stable proteins, so they can whip up a canned tuna meal. Other times, you want something more punchy, and for our money, sun-dried tomatoes, dry or preserved in oil, pack the biggest sweet-tart flavor into the smallest package. These 15 recipes are more than enough to convince you to keep a jar on hand for dinner emergencies.


1. Sun-Dried Tomato, Quinoa, and Almond Salad: Eating fluffy, healthy grains like quinoa is a treat when they’re paired with flavorful ingredients. (via Averie Cooks)


2. Sun-Dried Tomato Red Pepper Soup: Jazz up your next batch of roasted red pepper soup with sun-dried tomatoes. They add a tangy bite that perfectly balance the sweetness of the peppers. (via The Wanderlust Kitchen)


3. Sun-Dried Tomato Skillet Chicken Parmesan: Breaded chicken Parmesan is a tasty treat, but it’s a little elaborate for weeknights. This skillet recipe swaps the crispy crust for a creamy sauce that’s easier and faster to make. (via Cafe Delites)


4. Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo Salad: If you’re tired of typical macaroni, use orzo instead. It makes for a rice-like pasta salad that you won’t be able to stop eating. (via Macheesmo)


5. Chicken Piccata With Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Chicken piccata gets most of its flavor from briny capers, but in this recipe, its flavor is deepened by the addition of sun-dried tomatoes. (via Ocean View Kitchen)


6. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Chicken Pasta: Ready in less than 30 minutes, pasta and chicken are bathed in a creamy sauce you’ll dream about all week. (via Salt and Lavender)


7. Turkey Pesto Stuffed Acorn Squash: Acorn quash is anything but bland thanks to a flavorful mix of turkey, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese. (via Bound by Food)


8. Tomato Asiago Pork Tenderloin Skillet: Juicy pork tenderloin doesn’t get enough love at dinnertime these days. This easy tomato-asiago skillet will change your mind about the other white meat. (via My Life Cookbook)


9. Sicilian Cauliflower Pizza: Crispy cauliflower makes for a mean pizza topping when paired with a flavorful sauce and sautéed onions. Almond ricotta gives each bite a creaminess you’ll crave, and raisins add a hint of sweetness. (via Yup It’s Vegan!)


10. Roasted Garlic and Kale Spaghetti Squash With Sun-Dried Tomatoes: We’re always looking for new ways to dress up spaghetti squash, and this recipe hits the mark. It’s a tasty way to get your pasta fix and some veggies all in one go. (via The Roasted Root)


11. Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Bake: This creamy chicken pasta dish freezes particularly well. (via Havoc in the Kitchen)


12. Chorizo, Jalapeño, and Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza: It’s time to ditch the pepperoni in favor of something more flavorful, like this combo of chorizo, jalapeño, and sun-dried tomato. (via Cake ‘n Knife)


13. Gnocchi Arrabbiata With Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Creamy gnocchi is balanced with a spicy kick in this arrabbiata, and smoky bacon rounds out the flavors for a meal you’ll definitely want to keep on your roster. (via Savory Tooth)


14. Sun-Dried Tomato and White Bean Soup: Nothing hits the spot like a warm and cozy bowl of soup. (via One Lovely Life)


15. Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Chicken: You may think of sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese as the ultimate early ’90s flavor combo, but they deserve a second chance in the spotlight. Together, they make this chicken dish anything but boring. (via Gluten-Free With LB)

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