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Old 11-20-2009, 11:55 AM   #11
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The point I was trying to make is that canned tomato sauce is an ingredient in a pasta sauce, not the finished product. Granted, the term 'tomato sauce' is also used to refer to the finished product.

The OP was asking a question about the possibility of using one of two different ingredients to make a type of pasta sauce. Either ingredient would work in a recipe for a pasta sauce.

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:02 PM   #12
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My wifes aunt once invited us over for dinner, serving Italian style stuffed shells. After my first bite, I knew something seemed a little ' off '. Thats when I looked to the kitchen counter and saw about 10 of those little " tomato sauce' cans opened and empty. Thats when I realized she thought it was the finished product, and used it as the sauce for these shells. No spices, no additions, nothing. Needless to say, we stopped at the diner on the way home. But yes, I agree with you Andy that they both serve well as a base or starter.

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:49 PM   #13
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yes, tomato sauce in a can is just tomatoes and salt (and maybe some unpronounceable preservatives) . No "spices." There may be a different water content for sauce, paste, crushed tomatoes, puree, but that should be the only difference (other than chunks of tomatoes in the crushed).

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Old 11-21-2009, 12:04 PM   #14
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add chicken broth...enough to make it as juicy as you need. add whichever spices you want, i.e., oregano, garlic, etc.

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