I am making tortellini tuscan soup. Recipe calls for can of crushed tomatos I guess I grabbed puree instead. Recipe further calls to mix with 1 box chicken stock....can I use the puree or is my dinner ruined?

  • You guess you grabbed puree? Could you please clarify what you have and whether you already put it in the pot?
    – Stephie
    Jan 18, 2017 at 21:15
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    If you've already added it, you haven't ruined the soup; the flavor profile remains the same. It may have more of a tomato based soup. You might want to add a bit less stock since the puree is not quite as thick as the crushed tomatoes.
    – Giorgio
    Jan 18, 2017 at 21:22
  • @Stephie: "I guess" when used with a fact known to the speaker is an idiom used to express sheepish minor embarrassment. I think this is the intent here.
    – Lorel C.
    Jan 18, 2017 at 21:23
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    @LorelC. I have read the weirdest things in my time at SA / SE, and if I learned one thing, it's "ask, don't assume" . :-)
    – Stephie
    Jan 18, 2017 at 21:27
  • puree or concentrate? :) Jan 19, 2017 at 10:37

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You've substituted tomato for tomato (both precooked). It might not be exactly what you were intending to make but it will be fairly similar (very similar in flavour, less so in texture). It will certainly be edible. You might want to adjust the quantities of other liquid ingredients, or cook for a little longer before asking the pasta (if that's an option at this stage) just to thicken it a little.

This is the sort of substitution some people might choose to make to suit their tastes so you don't need to worry about it.

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