07/18/2012 09:11 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

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

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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