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From our Freshologists: Tomatoes in a Tube

I can’t help myself from tasting things – things straight from a can, right of a jar, pulled directly out of the box or fresh from the ground. As a result I’ve developed some secret loves. I call them secret because if most people saw me eating things the way I do, they’d look at me cock-eyed.

But I’ll go ahead and admit one thing: I love tomato paste straight from that little can. It has a bright, concentrated tomato flavor that just gets to me.  I don’t eat the whole can – that would be gluttony. But just a tablespoon or two – that’s living!

I’ve become a bit of a tomato paste aficionado as a result and really like Amore Sun-Dried Tomato Paste. Amore is used in Italy as a common substitute for traditional tomato paste and that’s how I use it, too. It gives a nice pop to my old favorite recipes. And Amore paste comes in a nifty tube so I can taste a bit here and there without having to waste the rest of the can!

Sun-Dried Tomato Tortellini

1 (9 oz) pkg refrigerated tortellini
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 Tbs sun-dried tomato paste
1/4 cup grated parmesan

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Stir paste and cream cheese together. Drain tortellini and toss with cream cheese mixture and parmesan.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza

1 tube Amore Sun-Dried Tomato Paste
1 large FRESH pre-baked pizza crust
1/2 cup Mario Batali Marinara Sauce
6 oz thin sliced provolone cheese
2 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
1 (12 oz) jar roasted red peppers
12 oz shredded mozzarella

Place pizza crust on baking sheet. Spread sun-dried tomato paste evenly on crust leaving about 1/2-inch around edge. First arrange provolone slices then prosciutto then roasted red peppers on top of paste. Then top with mozzarella. Bake in preheated 425º F oven for about fifteen minutes or until cheese is bubbly.