It wasn’t long ago that I thought about making my own tomato paste and wondering how it was done. Since I’ve been moving away from a lot of packaged and processed foods, both to simplify my life and, more importantly, to implement healthier ways to nourish my body for longevity, this question popped into my head as I picked up a can of tomato paste. After reading the label, I just knew there had to be a simpler way to make the paste without the added ingredients.

Soon thereafter, while visiting my friend who had just completed making tomato paste to add to her marinara sauce, she gave me her simple two ingredient recipe, exclaiming, “That’s it, that’s all you need”. [ side note: I just love when these apparent synchronized events happen, out of the blue, I’m sure.]

Ana, well into her 80’s, was taught how to make authentic marinara sauce with the basics. Her parents were from Italy and, coming from the old country, she was told to never make it more difficult and to keep the authenticity.IMG_0069

Then she turned and pulled this from her cabinet and handed it to me. I imagine she used to dry her own tomatoes, yet some things she’s willing to forgo and I would too, especially if I was in my 80’s.

This is made by placing a cup of already dried tomato halves in a pot, covering them with water and cooking them “real low” for three days.

Tomato Paste

When I tasted them, I thought she had added molasses,.  She quickly corrected me, then claimed she added onions and garlic. (Of course! She’s Italian!) I don’t understand how, but apparently, this combination gave it a molasses taste.

So, I added a medium onion, chopped and 5 medium-sized cloves of garlic (I like garlic) and placed that along with the dried tomatoes and covered them with water.  I cooked these at 170 degrees in my slow cooker on low  for three days. Yummmmm! Enjoy.

Yes, it’s that simple! Thanks for joining us here and leave us a comment. Thanks.

Tomato Paste, Simplified
Recipe type: Basic Tomato Paste
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 2 cups
It's simple, especially if the tomatoes are already dried.
  • 1 cup of dried tomatoes
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 5 medium cloves of garlic, crushed
  • water to cover
  1. Place the dried tomatoes in a sauce pot or slow cooker.
  2. Add onion, and garlic and add water to cover.
  3. Cover pot and cook on low heat (I used a slow cooker set at 170 degrees) for 72 hours. That's it!
  4. Check frequently to ensure that it doesn't dry out and burn.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Entire Recipe
Calories 99
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.5g
Saturated Fat 0.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 16mg
Total Carbohydrates 22.2g
Dietary Fiber 4.8g
Sugars 9.5g
Protein 3.7g
Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 62%
Calcium 7%
Iron 5%