What is the purpose of tomato paste?
Tomato paste consists of tomatoes that have been cooked for several hours and reduced to a thick, red concentrate before being strained. Tomato paste is widely used in Italian dishes. It is used to inexpensively thicken, color, and enrich the flavor of tomato sauces and other semi-liquids such as soups and stews.
How do you turn tomato paste into sauce?
Because tomato paste is a concentrated form of tomato puree, you can dilute it to the consistency of tomato sauce without much fuss. Adding one cup of water to three-quarters of a cup of tomato paste will result in a tomato base with the same texture and thickness as tomato sauce (after some brisk stirring).
What can I do with canned tomato paste?
How to Use Up Leftover Canned Tomato Paste
- Freeze it. Cooking dinner shouldn’t be complicated.
- Make tomato salt. Skip paprika and elevate dishes with a dust of tomato salt.
- Make a big batch of tomato sauce.
- Try a new recipe.
How long does it take to cook tomato paste?
The secret is to sizzle it in some olive oil or other fat until it turns brick red and starts to caramelize—usually about 5 minutes or so over medium heat. Once it goes dark and starts to stick to the pan you can just deglaze with some water or other liquid, scrape up any stuck-on bits, and go on your merry way.