Garden Tomato Paste

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
Recipe by Jan in Lanark

I make this every year with my surplus of plum tomatoes- you need to spend a few hours close to the stove, but it's worth it! Very handy to have in small amounts in the freezer.

Top Review by Annz Recipez

I love this recipe! It takes a while to make, but it's soooooo yummy! Fills the house with a wonderful scent while it's cooking--way better than purchased tomato paste. I use 1 qt. jar of canned tomatoes in the winter when I don't have any fresh ones (the whole jar--juice and all). I make it into pizza sauce sometimes by not cooking it down quite so much (1.5 hours instead of 3) and adding 2-3 T. fresh chopped oregano and about 1 t. fresh thyme (or dried if I don't have fresh).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash tomatoes and remove cores; coarsely chop- no need to peel.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine tomatoes with remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, about 25-30 minutes or until all ingredients are soft.
  4. Press through a foodmill (preferable) or sieve.
  5. Return to a clean heavy saucepan and cook over very low heat for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until very thick.
  6. May take a bit longer.
  7. Cool and pack into ice cube trays.
  8. Freeze and transfer to freezer bags.

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