Could I substitute tomato paste for fresh tomatoes? Or would canned tomatoes make more sense? If the answer is yes to either of these, I'd love a...
...suggested amount. Thanks
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My choice to replace fresh tomatoes would be canned whole peeled tomatoes. I find tomato paste to be highly concentrated, not very similar to fresh tomatoes, but I don't know how your taste buds respond.
As to the amount, I'd say about a half of a standard 14 oz. can. I rarely cook from recipes, so I would add what I felt would be most likely to please my own taste buds.
Looking at the recipes and the accompanying photos, the tomato does not appear to be a primary ingredient, it's more there to add some moisture and acidity, so I would refrain from adding a large quantity.
Anyhow, best of luck.