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The Secret's in the Tomato Paste

29 September 2018

maria grammatico estratto di pomodoro 400grMaria Grammatico Estratto di Pomodoro is still crafted the authentic way with three key ingredients: San Marzano tomatoes, Sicilian sun and time. The result is a rich, umami-packed paste that adds instant depth with just a spoonful.

An age-old tradition

This almost magical paste starts with ripe tomatoes that are carefully ground by hand and then spread on wooden boards. The boards are set on the pasticceria's rooftop under the summer sun to dry for 8 to 10 days. Once it reaches the right consistency, the estratto is salted with Sicilian sea salt, transferred to clay jars and topped with a layer of extra virgin olive oil.

3 ways to use Maria Grammatico tomato paste:

  • Add a spoonful to tomato-based sauces like Classic Ragù
  • Finish 5-Step Risotto with a couple teaspoons of tomato paste and top with plenty of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Spread a thin layer on crostini and drizzle with Tondo DOP Organic EVOO

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