How to Make Tomato Puree From Tomato Paste

By Erika Marie

Cooking tomatoes briefly and then straining them creates a thick liquid known as tomato puree. By cooking tomatoes for a longer period and further reducing the liquids, a thicker, richer tomato paste is created. Neither tomato puree nor tomato paste has any seasonings added. Preparing your own tomato puree 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 puree.

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Use tomato puree as a base for tomato soup.

Step 1

Place 2 tbsp. of tomato paste in a measuring cup.

Step 2

Add water to make one cup.

Step 3

Place the water and tomato paste in a saucepan.

Step 4

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