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ITALIAN PASSATA

This simple ingredient has always been an essential in the Italian larder, so we shopped around to find seven of the best passatas from supermarkets and online

At the end of summer, when tomatoes are at their ripest and most flavoursome, growers all over Italy harvest and cook them into passata to keep their sweet summery taste preserved for the coming year. It’s a tradition that makes economic and gastronomic sense – after all, passata di pomodoro is a relatively cheap ingredient and provides a deliciously concentrated flavour base to use in a huge variety of pasta sauces, casseroles and stews long after the fresh salad tomatoes have gone out of season. Quality relies on the freshness and standard of the tomatoes themselves, and while that’s not always easy to determine, make sure that the label says ‘Product of Italy’ before you even think of buying!

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TESCO ORGANIC ITALIAN PASSATA

From Tesco www.tesco.com

Price 90p for 500g

Despite its rather utilitarian appearance, this slender carton of organic sieved tomato sauce is a real find. Produced in Italy from 100 per cent organic tomatoes with just a dash of citric acid to preserve the flavour, this passata is thick, smooth and deliciously sweet. Capturing the authentic notes of fresh tomato, this carton makes a brilliant cupboard standby, which is, of course, what passata is all about. Super-healthy and packed with antioxidant lycopene and Vitamin C. Use as a base for a hearty vegetable soup, a slow-cooked beef ragù or a how about a delicious arrabbiata sauce when paired with some fiery red chillis?

VERDICT

Given its price point and wide availability, this should be an essential in anyone’s Italian larder – it has so many uses, from soups to a classic marinara sauce.

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