Quick Tips For Using Leftover Tomato Paste

Store extra tomato paste in the freezer to easily add a tomato flavor twist or enrich the overall flavor (umami) of a variety of dishes.

To freeze, spoon any remaining paste from can onto a piece of plastic wrap. Fold wrap over paste and lightly form into a log by rolling on a flat surface. Wrap plastic under log ends and freeze. To use frozen paste, simply unwrap and slice off desired amount. Rewrap any remaining paste and return to freezer.

Stir a tablespoon or two of thawed tomato paste to your favorite recipes, such as:

  • Soups – chicken noodle, black bean, chili, lentil, and more
  • Meatloaf or meatballs
  • BBQ sauce
  • Vinaigrette
  • Gravy and pan sauces
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Slow cooker stews
  • Baked beans
  • Rice, couscous and quinoa
  • Taco meat
  • Red curry sauce