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Dec 2, 2009 03:18 AM

Where in Montreal can I buy Italian tomato puree

I have a recipe for lasagna and it says to use 8 cups of this and says one store where to buy this is on St. Laurent Blvd - Any other places?

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  1. Are you talking about simple "tomates broyées" (in french, my english is still asleep this morning) ? it should be available in most (if not every) supermarkets.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      Unless he's talking about san marzano italian tomatoes. This puree can also be found most anywhere, even at Maxi, but it's easier to find in Little Italy. The store you're refering to is Milano. Youy could also check Capitol at JTM which carries it.

    2. Like others said Italian tomato puree is pretty ubiquitous. Pastene is probably the most popular brand. It used to be available everywhere, but Loblaws has recently stopped carrying it as part of their "Aggravate the crap out of SnackHappy" campaign.

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      1. re: SnackHappy

        I thought Loblaw's campaign was just directed at me - glad to know I'm not the only one...

      2. Believe you are talking about Stefano Faita's lasagna recipe featured in the Gazette, no? :-)

        No need to trot to little Italy, try PA on Parc, Latino on St. Viateur, 5 Saisons on Bernard. Fruiterie Mile End has it probably too ...

        1. Ok forget everything I wrote before. I just looked a the recipe and there seems to be a mistake. The ingredients list calls for tomato purée but the method calls for tomato coulis. I suspect the correct ingredient is tomato coulis. You can find bottled tomato coulis in most supermarkets and gourmet stores. There's no need to go to Little Italy.

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          1. re: SnackHappy

            use simple tomato sauce ... cheaper and taste the same thing after being cooked and baked for a lasagna.

            1. re: Maximilien

              Read the recipe too. 2 cups of tomato puree would be .... *ugh*. Good crushed tomatoes in a can (imported from Italy) will do the trick.

              1. re: estilker

                The Pomi brand of crushed or pureed tomatoes (in a square box) would probably work well for this - they (sometimes) have them at Loblaw's and elsewhere.

                1. re: cherylmtl

                  Just saw the Pomi at Loblaws on St. Jacques - I love Pomi products.

                  But they're not in the same place as the cans of stewed tomatoes and diced tomatoes. I' m not sure which aisle they're in - I think it's the one with the asian, mexican, indian importanted products.

                  1. re: maisonbistro

                    How about the Pomi brand *chopped* tomatoes? Has anyone found those in Montreal? I spent my afternoon on the metro to get to the Parc Loblaws only to find the puree. I still bought a few cartons, but I'd love to try it chunky style.