How to Substitute Tomato Paste for Tomatoes

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Substituting tomato paste for tomatoes won't give you exactly the same texture or taste as when using tomatoes, but it comes close. Using tomato paste gives recipes a thicker puréed consistency than when using just tomatoes. Recipes using tomato paste won't have a fresh-tomato taste, but as tomato paste is still a tomato-based product, the taste will be similar.

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Things you need

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • Water or tomato juice
  • Bowl
  • Whisk

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  1. 1

    Measure 2 tbsp tomato paste into a 1 cup measuring cup.

  2. 2

    Pour enough water or tomato juice into the measuring cup to fill the cup.

  3. 3

    Empty the tomato paste and water into a bowl. Whisk well to thoroughly combine.

  4. 4

    Use in place of tomatoes in your cooked recipes.

Tips and warnings

  • This recipe is equal to 1 cup of tomato purée; make additional purée if your recipe calls for more tomatoes.
  • Since tomato purée is less watery than cooked tomatoes, add extra water if your recipe needs it.

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