A quick and easy recipe hint

A couple weeks ago I was preparing a dinner that called for a TBs Tablespoon) of tomato paste. Well, I don’t normally have that in the pantry and hadn’t thought that far ahead at the grocery story. What to do. Use Catsup? That seemed a bit extreme, way too much taste for the dish I was preparing.

Looking in the pantry to see how I could modify the recipe I came across a can of Healthy Choice Tomato Basil soup. That stuff is way to thin to substitute for Tomato Paste. Then the idea hit, reduce it. After pouring the soup into a sauce pan, I brought it to a boil, then reduced the heat to very low. Leaving the lid just barely on, so steam could escape I simmered it for over half and hour, stirring occasionally just to make sure it wasn’t sticking on the bottom.

When the rest of the ingredients had completed their preparation the soup was viscous enough to be added to the dish and the flavor had concentrated sufficiently to be perfect. If you wan to know, it was a casserole of Italian sausage, pasta and vegetables.

Hey FTC! I have no connection to Healthy Choice, Italian Sausage or to vegetables, other than to enjoy eating.

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About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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