How to Make Tomato Puree From Tomato Paste

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How to Make Tomato Puree From Tomato Paste
Use tomato purée as a base for tomato soup. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cooking tomatoes briefly and then straining them creates a thick liquid known as tomato purée. By cooking tomatoes for a longer period and further reducing the liquids, a thicker, richer tomato paste is created. Neither tomato purée nor tomato paste has any seasonings added. Preparing your own tomato purée from tomato paste is a process that takes just a few steps and allows you to substitute tomato paste in recipes that call for tomato purée.

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Things you need

  • Measuring spoons
  • Tomato paste
  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk

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  1. 1

    Place 2 tbsp of tomato paste in a measuring cup.

  2. 2

    Add water to make one cup.

  3. 3

    Place the water and tomato paste in a saucepan.

  4. 4

    Whisk the tomato paste and water together in the saucepan, breaking up thick clumps of paste, until you have a smooth purée.

Tips and warnings

  • Use tomato paste in place of tomato purée in recipes that require additional liquids, like soups, by reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe by slightly less than 1 cup.

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