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Why add tomato paste?


Since switching from jarred spaghetti and pizza sauces to making these sauces from canned tomato products (and hopefully soon to my own homegrown canned tomatoes), I've been wondering why/if it's necessary to add that 6-8 oz of tomato paste to the whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauces that make up most of the sauce. I know it thickens a bit - would simmering the sauce without a lid until it's the right consistency do the same thing? What's the importance of tomato paste?

 

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    Lee Tea 4 years ago

    Additional concentrated tomato flavor...that's something I hadn't considered. I think I'll try my sauces without for a while to see if they compare. Thanks for stopping by!

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