Why it Works: Tomato Paste
The Old World method of preserving the flavor of summer’s bounty was to peel, grind and dry tomatoes in the warmth of the southern sun. Tomato paste is still a powerful ingredient in your kitchen pantry—just as it was in Italy centuries ago—if used correctly. Used in excess, it gives an overly sweet and fruity flavor to sauces and gravies. For best results, combine tomato paste with fresh or canned tomatoes. A small amount, about 1 tablespoon to a pot of spaghetti sauce, deepens the tomato flavor without overwhelming other ingredients. To increase the flavor even more, cook the paste along with the onions at the beginning of your recipe.