Tomato Paste

I have mentioned tomato paste several times, a great product to keep on hand and stocked. The 170 gram (6 oz) small cans are ideal (these are what used to be available in my location now we only have the 220 gram (7 3/4 oz) cans), and it is universal. Always buy Thai product vice an import, 1. You are helping the companies here, 2. You are saving money.

You can make all of this from tomato paste:

Tomato Puree, easy, place 2 tablespoons of paste in a measuring cup, add water to the 1 cup mark. Pour this into a bowl and whisk to remove any lumps, now you have tomato puree to use in recipes that call for that.

Tomato Sauce, easy, 1 can of paste, 2 cans of water, whisk, a little bit of sugar, and some spices like salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, etc, and you have tomato sauce. (For spices I simply use 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, works perfect.)

Pizza Sauce, easy, 1 can of paste, 2/3 cup water, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt to taste, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Mix well, can add black pepper to taste as well. Refrigerate for several hours before use to let the flavors blend.

Tomato Juice, easy, 1 can of paste, 4 cans of water, whisk. Add a touch of sugar, salt and pepper. Perfect. I use this a lot for the chili I make and sometimes just to enjoy a cold glass of juice.

Tomato Soup, easy, 1 can of paste, 4 cans of milk, pinch of salt, teaspoon of sugar or honey and heat in a sauce pan, optional items to add is 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of cooked and crumbled bacon, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of celery seed. A can of paste costs 17 Baht, a can of tomato soup costs 50+ Baht.

Honey-based Ketchup, 1 can of tomato paste, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. Mix in a sauce pan on medium heat, when it comes to a boil reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often, then remove from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store in the fridge.

Chicken Tomato Pasta Bake
Chicken Tomato Pasta Bake
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Sounds good. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Sounds good. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Get out a 8 inch or 7x11 baking dish.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown on both sides, then remove from the pan. It’s OK if it’s not quite cooked through because it will be baked later. To the same pan, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add the diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce.
  3. Add the cream cheese and stir to melt into the sauce. Add the spinach and stir to coat in the sauce. Add the browned chicken back in then add the pasta. Stir and coat with the sauce.
  4. Spoon everything into the baking dish. Top with the mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake for 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost about 40 Baht/500 grams. The Mozzarella will cost about 60 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Pasta Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Condensed Tomato Soup
Condensed Tomato Soup
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This is used is some recipes here on this site, this is the condensed version, and you can make this from paste to make tomato sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 can of condensed soup 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can of condensed soup 5 minutes
Condensed Tomato Soup
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This is used is some recipes here on this site, this is the condensed version, and you can make this from paste to make tomato sauce. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 can of condensed soup 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can of condensed soup 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: can of condensed soup
Instructions
  1. Whisk everything together in a mixing bowl. Done, now wasn't that easy?
  2. If needed to use as an ingredient that states condensed tomato soup, you can use it as needed in the recipe.
  3. If you want to make soup from this, heat this in a sauce pan with 1 cup of milk and add seasonings of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Shortcut: Tomato Sauce.

Used in Recipes Listed on this Site:
Tomato Beef Country Casserole,
Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker).

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chili Powder & Red Chili Paste

Chili Powder – When I first started cooking here one of the first things I made was a pot of Chili, good wholesome chow. I make mine with red kidney beans, ground pork or beef, tomato juice, cumin and chili powder. I needed to get chili powder so I went to Tesco in town and bought a small bottle of chili powder, very finely ground, and I would say it is on par with what is sold as chili powder in the states. Worked well.

I have started using a lot of chili powder so I decided to buy it in bulk in a bag. This is not a fine powder, it is course but on the package is “Chili Powder”. So I picked up three of these bags, got home and poured them into a container for the spice and dry goods cabinet. It will clear your sinuses just smelling it! This is real chili powder.

A few days later I made homemade Chorizo, recipe was followed exactly (I always follow exact before I start tailoring things around) and I made 6 patties. The next day I fried 2 to go with my breakfast of eggs and toast. Let me just say, HOT! Great flavor, but very hot.

So my advice is to check the chili powder if you buy a new brand. My tummy cannot take the really hot stuff anymore so I use the good hot brand I bought, I just use less of it in recipes. If not using the fine powder type chili powder and using this type of chili powder, cut back on the amount used until you get a taste of dish you are making, then adjust as needed.

Red Chili Paste – Paste is used to make coconut curries, and for where I live in the south, paste can be used to just flavor a dish, no coconut milk involved. Every mom and pop minimart that has fresh vegetables will more than likely have chili paste, this is homemade and in small bags, usually for 5 Baht/bag. However, there is a difference in ingredients for curry type, and the non curry type, so be clear on which one you are getting for the intended use.

Whitefish in Tomato Sauce
Whitefish in Tomato Sauce
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This is excellent, served over pasta it is basically fish pasta, excellent flavor. I made this on 27 Nov 2016 and even my Thai wife gave this two thumbs up. The original recipe called for baking this, this is easily done in a skillet on the stove top and is how this is written now. Pangasius or any whitefish can be used. Recipe modified by my findings. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Whitefish in Tomato Sauce
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This is excellent, served over pasta it is basically fish pasta, excellent flavor. I made this on 27 Nov 2016 and even my Thai wife gave this two thumbs up. The original recipe called for baking this, this is easily done in a skillet on the stove top and is how this is written now. Pangasius or any whitefish can be used. Recipe modified by my findings. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the fillet pieces to a large bowl, season to your liking with the salt, black pepper, white pepper, paprika, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent, then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce and some fresh basil. Cook until the sauce to soften the tomatoes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Take the fish pieces and roll them in some flour to coat them all, add these to a large skillet heated to medium low with a splash of olive oil and brown both sides until the fish is just cooked through. Fish was cooked in 3 batches.
  4. When the fish is done, reduce heat to a low simmer and pour in the tomato sauce and mix the fish pieces gently into the sauce, simmer to heat through. This is after all the fish had been returned to the pan and the sauce just pour over them.
  5. Garnish fresh chopped basil if desired and serve over pasta of your choice or with potatoes and butter on the side.
Recipe Notes

Pangasius fillets will cost about 112 Baht/kilo. For 4 servings, this is about 82 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta Skillet
Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta Skillet
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Sounds really good, pasta and cheese with chicken, perfect. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta Skillet
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Sounds really good, pasta and cheese with chicken, perfect. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil and add in the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, then stir in the pasta, chopped tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and 2 1/2 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Let this simmer for about 10-12 minutes, stirring often until the pasta is tender. Add more water as needed.
  2. When the pasta is tender, stir in the heavy cream and chicken and continue simmering until the sauce is thickened just a bit. Remove from heat and mix in the Parmesan cheese and parsley. Top with the Mozzarella cheese and cover for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with a vegetable on the side for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Nothing really expensive in this dish, easily $1 per serving or less.

Shortcut: Heavy Cream.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
United States.

Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup
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I had to do some research as I have a recipe that states tomato soup, but that is not available where I live, so I found a shortcut. It is healthier than canned tomato soup, but is just as easy as opening a can of soup and heating it up. This is NOT a condensed soup. I made this on 28 Apr 2017, it is good, not fine dining but it is good soup.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 1 minute
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 1 minute
Cook Time
5 minutes
Tomato Soup
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I had to do some research as I have a recipe that states tomato soup, but that is not available where I live, so I found a shortcut. It is healthier than canned tomato soup, but is just as easy as opening a can of soup and heating it up. This is NOT a condensed soup. I made this on 28 Apr 2017, it is good, not fine dining but it is good soup.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 1 minute
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 1 minute
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Soup
  • 1 can tomato paste this would be a 170 gram can, the really small one
  • 4 cans milk use the tomato paste can
  • pinch salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar OR honey
Optional Additions
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put tomato paste in saucepan, add milk using empty tomato paste can and rinsing can thoroughly. Add salt and sugar and optional additions if using, whisk and heat this on medium heat and serve as a side dish with a sandwich. I topped my bowl of soup with grated Parmesan cheese.
  2. If this is just needed for a recipe, whisk all ingredients together and use as the recipe states, however, you will need to measure the amount needed for the recipe.
Recipe Notes

campbells-tomato-soup2A can of tomato paste costs 17 Baht, a can of name brand soup would cost 52 Baht. And just for example, here is what is in Campbell's Tomato Soup.

A Thai brand of tomato paste consists of concentrated tomatoes to make a paste with skin and seeds strained out, and a pinch of salt, a lot healthier than what you see in the ingredients for Campbell's!

Cheeseburger Casserole
Cheeseburger Casserole
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This sounds good, uses ground chicken as the meat instead of beef. And in keeping with the spirit of fresh, I am going to write this to use more fresh and less canned items. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Cheeseburger Casserole
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This sounds good, uses ground chicken as the meat instead of beef. And in keeping with the spirit of fresh, I am going to write this to use more fresh and less canned items. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). If not using a 12 inch heatproof pan, lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. (I will verify the dish size when I make this.)
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until just tender, drain and set aside.
  3. While waiting on the pasta to cook, heat a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the oil. When hot, add the onion and cook until softened, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the chicken and steak seasoning, stir and cook until the chicken until browned, it cooks further in the oven. Drain any liquids from the pan.
  5. To the pan add the tomatoes, tomato paste, mustard, and dill relish. Simmer for a few minutes then turn off the heat. Stir in the pasta and stir to coat well.
  6. If using a oven proof pan, smooth out the mixture and add the shredded cheese evenly on the the top, place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture bubbles and the cheese melted in.
  7. If using a baking dish, transfer the pasta mixture to a 9x13 baking dish, spread out evenly and add the shredded cheese evenly on the top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture bubbles and the cheese melted in.
  8. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and salt and pepper as desired and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Use ground turkey in place of ground chicken.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beef Stock
Beef Stock
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand. When I order beef next time in the village I will have to order some cut leg bones to try this out, sounds like excellent stock.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 quarts 45 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 quarts 45 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Beef Stock
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand. When I order beef next time in the village I will have to order some cut leg bones to try this out, sounds like excellent stock.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 quarts 45 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 quarts 45 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F). Oil a roasting pan and add the marrow bones, onions, carrots, and celery. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are browned, turn the veggies occasionally.
  2. When the veggies are roasted, transfer the bones and veggies to a large stock pot add the water. All the contents should be covered with water.
  3. Now with the roasting pan, pour out any fat and discard that. Add 1/2 cup hot water to the pan and scrape up any bits stuck to the pan, then pour that water into the stock pot.
  4. To the stock pot, now add the tomato paste, peppercorns, and bay leaf. Bring the pot to a simmer and maintain a simmer for 4 to 6 hours. Check the pot once in a while and skim off any foam and fat. Add water as needed to keep the contents covered.
  5. Once simmered, turn off the heat and allow the pot to cool. Remove the bones and discard or for a treat for your dog. Strain the stock and discard what you strained out.
  6. Can be used immediately or stored in the fridge for several days, or even frozen.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
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Basic Chili II
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. For the beans, you can use canned (drained), make from dry by soaking and simmering, or by soaking and using a pressure cooker. If using dry, use 500 grams dry.
  2. In a large pot, add the minced pork or ground beef and chop up with a spatula and brown. Drain off most, not all of the fat, the fat adds flavoring. Pork is just starting to cook at this point.
  3. Add the beans, these were right out of the pressure cooker and drained.
  4. Add the tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, water, spices and mix. Let chili simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Pork mince is about 85 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 42 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Inspired by a packaged chili mix.

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