passato/passata

purée/tomato sauce

Passato means a purée or thick soup: passato di verdure (vegetables), di piselli (peas) di lenticchie (lentils), di fave (broad beans), etc.

Passata means the preserved (home-canned) tomato sauce many families still make each year at tomato time for the year's pasta.

Either in small amounts is a passatina.

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