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Tomato Paste

American cans versus Italian tubes: We find out what's really important when it comes to buying this flavorful pantry staple.

What We Learned

Tomato paste is an inexpensive, versatile flavor powerhouse. We deploy its concentrated sweetness and savory umami flavor to bring depth and complexity to both classic applications (such as sauces, soups, and pastas) and unexpected ones (such as beef stew or spice-rubbed steak).

Historically, tomato paste has been sold in cans in the United States, but in the past decade, tubed paste...

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