Gentle Readers, there is no greater satisfaction than sharing a tip with a fellow cook. For me this week, that came in the form of tomato paste in a tube. Yes, it’s not a great choice for brushing teeth, but it’s ideal for ramping up flavor or serving as a thickening agent. Use a little, use a lot, up to you. I’m never without a tube of this in my fridge.
One Ingredient, Three Ways: Tomato Paste
1. Spaghetti Sauce. If you need to Punt! with commercial jarred sauce (and I’m not proud, I do need to oftentimes), I strongly recommend adding a flavor of some sort. I often use pesto cubes, a splash of balsamic, or, wait for it, a dash of tomato paste. That way you can rinse the jar with water, which dilutes the flavor, and replace with some tomato paste, bringing you back above the level mark.
2. Tomato Soup. This was a key element in driving the flavor meter up. Also, learned the trick of browning it slightly to further intensify the taste. Yum.
3. Tacos. Perhaps you noted that the other night I had an epic measuring fail when making tacos from a seasoning packet. Really, how sad is that? Undeterred, I reduced and reduced, but grew impatient at the end. I added a couple of teaspoons of tomato paste, stirred, and bam, thickened taco meat. And, bonus, it was way better than usual. That Punt! just became a permanent installation in the Taco Night! pantheon.
Are you a tomato paste fan? How do you you use it? Post a comment below!
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Tomorrow, Chicken Bowl Recipe!