Tomato passata

Tomato passata

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 800ml
Batch cooking sieved tomato sauce means you can freeze it in portions and defrost to use however you please

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal51
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0g


  • 1kg tomato, halved or quartered



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 6 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 tsp caster sugar


  1. Put the tomatoes, garlic and olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Cover and cook for 10 mins, shaking occasionally, until the tomatoes have collapsed completely.

  2. Season generously and add the sugar. Remove the lid and boil for 5 mins until the garlic is soft. Allow to cool, then sieve the pulp. You can now pour into freezer-proof containers and freeze for up to 3 months, or pour into jars and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Or use straight away in sauces, soups and stews.

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30th Jun, 2018
But there is no garlic in Tomato Passata! - If you add garlic, then its Tomato and garlic Passata :)
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17th Oct, 2014
This is so easy and tastes fantastic - we were overun with tomatoes after the summer and don't like chutney so this recipe is ideal. 4 kg of toms turned into passata. It makes a delicious base for soup too.
19th Sep, 2012
I do something very similar, but do it in the oven, and its gorgeous, MY TOP TIP is to free in ice cube trays, or other small containers,then you can add a few cubes to a casserole, and if you want a larger quantity, get out what you need and they thaw quicker than a large amount
19th Sep, 2012
During the summer 'glut' of tomatoes here in Spain I make enough to last a year- I add a large chopped onion to the above recipe but blitz in the blender-then reduce in a large saucepan until thick-cool and freeze-no sieving required- can also add when reduced some lightly fried mushrooms peppers etc
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