Homemade Tomato Paste

Homemade Tomato Paste

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hr 5 min
  • Total: 4 hr 25 min
  • Serving: Makes about 1/2 cup

Instead of using the store-bought variety you buy in a tin, try making your own version of tomato paste with fresh summer tomatoes.


  • 5 pounds tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more to drizzle
  • Sea salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and then add the tomatoes. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Cook the tomatoes for 5 minutes and then place in a food mill fitted with the smallest disc.
  4. Process the tomatoes so the tomato liquid falls into a rimmed cookie sheet pan, and then sprinkle in some salt to taste.
  5. Place the pan in the oven for 4 hours, stirring every hour.
  6. Remove the pan and transfer the tomato paste to a container. Drizzle with some olive oil and then tightly cap. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


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