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Food Pastes: What To Do With Tomato Paste, Curry Paste And More

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If you're looking for ways to add more flavor to your cooking, think paste. We're talking about tomato paste, curry paste, garlic paste, anchovy paste, chili paste and much more. Picture a recipe for a good red sauce -- it usually includes a bit of tomato paste. Why, you ask? Because that paste, a concentrated form of tomato flavor, helps build flavor so that you are left with a dish that's packed with deliciousness.

There's a world of food pastes beyond tomato paste. So to help you expand your cooking borders, we're showing you all the pastes we think you need to try. Some may be a lot different than anything you've used in the past -- and they may frighten you at first (shrimp paste, for example), but don't be scared to experiment. Just remember a little bit of paste goes a long way, so don't overdo it until you get a handle on it.

Is there a food paste you want to add to the list? Let us know.

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