Substituting Tomato Paste for Tomato Sauce

January 30, 2009

White bowls of tomato paste, tomato sauce, and salsa setting on a background of tomatoes and red and green peppersHow do I substitute tomato paste for tomato sauce?




February 1, 20091 found this helpful
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I often make changes like that, primarily because you get a better-quality product when you do. Try using 1/2 water (or stock if you have any) and 1/2 tomato paste. Add a little Italian seasoning, i.e. basil, oregano, garlic, parsley and a bit of sugar. Start with 1/4 tsp. of each, taste your concoction and go from there. Most recipes are not so finicky that they would suffer from such a change, and the bonus is that there are no unpronounceable ingredients in your sauce. Good luck!

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By Jazzylazzy (Guest Post)
February 3, 20090 found this helpful
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Tomato paste can be used by adding 2 cans of water. (6 ounce can, 12 ounces of water) This will make it have a more sauce like quality. It is not salted or seasoned. I add 1 tablespoon each of dried parsley, basil and oregano, 1 teaspoon each of salt and garlic powder. This is when I am making spaghetti sauce. When I am making chili, I just add it to the beans that already have the liquid in them. You really can add it to anything that you want to have a tomato flavor. Add small amounts of water until you get the consistency you want.

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December 7, 2013

My chili recipe calls for 8oz of tomato sauce, but I only have a can of tomato paste. How can I substitute the paste for the sauce?

By L


December 7, 20130 found this helpful

This kind of imformation is very easy to find online. However, to answer your question: mix your can of tomato paste with an equivalent amount of water until well blended.


That will make tomato sauce.

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March 10, 20210 found this helpful

Funny that this person said the question is easily available online...duh! This post IS online. At least they answered the question...and sure enough, it was answered ONLINE!

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August 2, 2011

I would to know how to make tomato sauce out of tomato paste.

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August 5, 20110 found this helpful

Add 1 1/2 times of water to the paste. For example, 2 ounces of paste will make 5 ounces of tomato sauce.

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