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tomato purée, passata di pomodoro

What is it?

Packaged strained tomatoes and canned tomato purée are made from tomatoes that have been cooked briefly and strained, usually without any extra spices or seasonings. The result is a thick liquid that’s smoother than crushed tomatoes, but thinner than tomato paste. It’s perfect to use in pasta and pizza sauces, braises, and stews.

Don’t have it?

Depending on what you’re using it for, you can substitute crushed tomatoes, passing it through the blender if necessary to create a smoother texture. In a pinch, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of tomato paste mixed with enough water to make 1 cup.

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