Adds thickness and flavor no other paste provides
There is no getting around the fact that this is very expensive compared to the sort of commercial tomato paste we usually find even in gourmet markets. That said, this is still an amazing value - it is so flavorful, so intense, so concentrated that you can use less of it that you would any other tomato paste, and you will still get a stunning intensification of flavor. I added some of this to a Bolognese sauce I was making and it moved it to an entirely new level. I purchased the larger size and am so glad I did - it's so concentrated I at first thought it would last forever, but no, it's so good I'm using it up at a ferocious rate, adding it to many different pasta sauces and stews. Love this ingredient.
I am SO glad this came back in. I bought it when MarketHall had it some while back and have missed it ever since. This is an amazing, traditional item that is otherwise just next to impossible to get so I give extra cudos to MarketHall for sourcing and supplying it. This is beyond definitively artisan - this tomato paste is made in such an unbroken, ancient process. Just tasting, it lingers on the tongue: all the goodness of those tomatoes grown in that soil and sun, and then the slow, sundrying process to produce this dense, rich, intensely flavored paste. It is very different than even high end tomato pastes. I am a bit of a tomato paste freak and there are several I particularly enjoy and keep on hand. This one is deep and rich and lends itself to use for a very great umami hit and adding a dimension to a braise or sauce. I do not simply use it in place of regular tomato pastes (I like several tube varieties and the BioNatura organic in the jar from Italy); those have a definite place as well. I have used this one to enrich certain salad dressings and other preparations where I want the depth and richness this provides. I highly recommend. I will also say that it seems to last forever in terms of shelf life. I confess to overbuying and keeping the opened in the fridge for a long time and it NEVER turned; regular tomato paste would have been long gone with spoilage. Truly awesome and highly recommended.