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The rules for choosing between puree, pulp and concentrate – Italian Cuisine

Without taking anything away from berries, avocados, seeds & c, the tomato it's a true one superfood, which is good for skin, heart, eyes. An American immigrant in reverse: arrived from overseas, never as in the Bel Paese did his fortune and is still king among the vegetables and in our local cuisine. Today we find it all year round, but for the fresh one it is good to wait for the right season, the summer of course, when plants can enjoy a real sun and release all their taste and nutritional properties.

In the other seasons we are still happy, because we have available the past, an all-Italian ancient ritual, the pulp and the concentrate. Three wonderful ways to keep the tomato all year long. But attention: one is not worth the other !!! Or rather, true connoisseurs are able to grasp the nuances that exist between the different products derived from tomatoes and, therefore, can decide which choose between these to make a recipe normal, everyday, or a gourmet dish.

The guidelines below have been drawn by Mutti in collaboration with i Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe Italians (even before JRE Italia was born). The ten talented young chefs have studied, tasted and cooked different products, coming up with a sort of decalogue for optimal use.

Here the advice and direct opinions of some sommelier chef.

Pulp, past and concentrated: differences and use in the kitchen

It is the least processed product: the tomato is peeled and cold-rolled, the other key steps consist in hot packaging and pasteurization.
Taste and use
It is a semi-sweet food, to be used as a base for other preparations and it is also the fast condiment par excellence. The ideal is to use it raw or undercooked for quick bruschetta or to prepare sauces or stew.
Excellent also for braised meat, stews, fish soups or cod. It has a fresh and slightly acidic taste that is well taken to dilute the fat component of other foods, such as meat or fish for example.
The sommelier advises
Marcello Trentini recommends it in seafood dishes, because it harmonizes the taste of the tomato with the delicacy and intensity of the fish.

The tomatoes are shredded, heated to very high temperatures for a short time, sieved, slightly concentrated and finally packed.
Taste and use
It has sweet notes, creamy density and intense but light taste. It gives the best of itself in the preparations where you want to taste the taste of the tomato. It is therefore ideal in the great Italian first courses such as pasta all'amatriciana, angry and puttanesca. It also makes good cold velvety, to be served with croutons and a drizzle of oil.
The sommelier advises
As Eros Picco suggests, the most expert can use it to prepare sophisticated jellies and coulis. For example, he makes crispy tomato leaves with which he enriches his appetizers.


The first part of the processing is the same as the one for the pass, but subsequently and based on the level of concentration to be obtained, we continue with sophisticated evaporation processes, which eliminate the aqueous parts.
Taste and use
It has a marked and unmistakable color, very high density and a lively and intense flavor. According to the chefs interviewed in the Mutti project, it is a strategic product. In fact, its characteristics make it the preferred product to give sauces and sauces, in addition to the unique flavorful notes, even a more vivid color. With the concentrate combined with the pulp sauces, meat sauce, stews and stews take on an extraordinary gustatory value. It can also be used to accompany boiled meat and sauces for crustaceans.
The sommelier advises
Marianna Vitale grates on finished dishes, using a special technique that exploits the vacuum, turning the concentrate into a solid block.

Barbara Roncarolo
September 25, 2014
updated February 2019
from Aurora Quinto


Octopus recipe with lime puree – Italian Cuisine

  • an octopus
  • 600 g potatoes
  • 150 g milk
  • 100 g butter
  • 2 files
  • half onion
  • laurel
  • salt
  • extra virgin olive oil

For the octopus recipe with lime puree, wash it and remove the beak
which is attached to the tentacles. Bring a casserole over the heat with plenty of salted water flavored with onion and a bay leaf.
Immerse the octopus in boiling water and boil it for about 40 minutes. Finally drain it, cut off the tentacles and divide the rest into large pieces. Heat a frying pan with a veil of oil on the lively flame and toast the octopus for 2-3 minutes until it becomes crisp.
For the puree: prepare it while cooking the octopus: peel the potatoes, cut them into slices
and boil it in plenty of salted water for 20-25 minutes; drain them, mix them vigorously with milk and butter using a whisk, until you get a mashed grainy consistency; set salt and add the juice of the 2 files. Serve the octopus with the puree, accompanying as desired with croutons.

Roast pork recipe with ginger carrot puree – Italian Cuisine

  • 900 g pork belly
  • 600 g carrots
  • 2 Golden apples
  • a clove of garlic
  • grated fresh ginger
  • rosemary
  • laurel
  • Juniper berries
  • dry white wine
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt

For the recipe of roast pork with mashed carrots with ginger, marinate for a hour and 30 minutes the cup with 2 amonds of rosemary, the clove of garlic crushed with peel, 3-4 tablespoons of oil, some berries of juniper, a few bay leaves and salt. Put it on then
with the marinade at 180 ° C for 40 minutes; add half a glass of white wine and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.
For the carrot puree: peel the carrots, cut them into thin slices and cook them in a saucepan with a drizzle of oil for 3 minutes; wipe them with half a glass of wine, stir and continue
cooking for another 12-13 minutes, then add a ladle of water, add salt and cook for 20 minutes with the covered saucepan. Finally, add a tablespoon of ginger and blend everything. Cut the apples into very thin slices, spread them on a plate lined with baking paper and cook at 160 ° C in ventilated mode for 25 minutes. Cut the cup into slices, sprinkle with its cooking liquid and accompany it with the carrot puree and the baked apples.