In the UK the word passata is specifically applied to the savoury tomato juice in a jar but in Italy the word passata mean 'passed' as in passed through or made smooth and is applied to the action and end result rather than one specific fruit or vegetable.
Like many traditional Italian delicacies this recipe probably first appeared as an inventive way to use up all your leftover odds and ends. Italy of the past was an agricultural society and it was not wise to waste anything you had in the pantry.
My favourite thing to do with tomatoes, apart from eating them off the vine after giving them a quick shine on my shirt (yup just like your grandpa) is to make this amazingly-simple-yet-extremely-tasty-goes-with-anything-but-is-perfect-for-putting-on-top-of-bread tomato salad. It’s great because it takes minimal time and ingredients – you can be a grand or as simple as you like.
Super easy and super delicious. This salad is a classic Italian summer dish. For the full recipe see Super Easy Tomato Salad