Using Tomato Paste
Growing up, I could always find petite cans of tomato paste in my grandmother's cupboard. She would use it in sauces and stews. These days, you can always find a couple cans of paste in my cupboard as well. This versatile ingredient is a great go-to for fast meals.
What is Tomato Paste?
Tomato paste is a highly concentrated puree of tomatoes. It's made by cooking peeled, seeded tomatoes for several hours, thereby cooking out much of the liquid. It offers a high concentrate of tomato flavor in a thick, compact form.
It can be purchased premade in cans or tubes, or made at home and frozen for future use. A good recipe can be found in Preserving Summer's Bounty
What Can Tomato Paste Be Used For?
Tomato paste is a great ingredient for adding tomato flavor to a variety of dishes, from sauces to soups. It's a very thick (hence the paste
in the name) and thus should be combined with water (or broth) to cook with. This loosens it into a sauce.
One fabulous use for tomato paste is to use it to make a fast marinara sauce, such as my Easy, Fast Tomato Marinara
. This sauce is perfect with pasta, ravioli and more. Use it on chicken parmigiana or for dipping mozzarella sticks, as well. It makes a smooth sauce, which is perferrable for some people. You can also add some chunkiness to it by combining a can of diced tomatoes (do not drain!) and a can of tomato paste in a pan with seasonings. Bring to a boil, simmer and serve.
More Tomato Paste Recipes
Looking for more great ideas for tomato paste? Try these:
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.