Homemade Tomato Paste



Homemade Tomato Paste

We use a lot of tomatoes in our house. A LOT (yes that’s totally a technical term) I love to garden (it’s calming and soothing to me, well not the dirt under the nails but everything else). I grow most of the tomatoes we use and/or supplement from the farmer’s market. In the summer time I honestly have more than I know what to do with. Since I HATE to waste any food with the excess we CAN (hello fresh tomatoes in December), make OVEN ROASTED TOMATOES and tomato paste.

Homemade Tomato Paste

This year I thought it would be fun to add a little KICK to our homemade tomato paste. That kick comes courtesy of Tabasco.  A few shakes is all it takes to up the flavor ante. As always tailor it to your heat level I wouldn’t want you to cry or anything. Let’s reserve that for onion chopping and sappy chick flicks.

Homemade Tomato Paste

Once you’re done with the low and slow baking just pop it in the fridge and grab a tablespoon or two when you need it. Easy peasy.


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tabasco. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

Homemade Tomato Paste


  • 4-5 pounds cherry tomatoes - halved
  • 1/2 cup olive oil - divided
  • kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Place tomatoes and 1/2 of oil into a large heavy bottom pan. Season with salt and Tabasco. Bring to a boil and cook until tomatoes begin to release juices. Approximately 8-10 minutes.
  3. Transfer tomatoes to a food mill and run through the finest sieve.
  4. Drizzle remaining oil onto a rimmed baking sheet. Spread tomato pulp onto baking sheet. Bake for approximately 2 hours OR until there's no moisture and paste becomes a deep red.
  5. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.



  1. 1

    So cool! It’s my dream to have a small garden and use fresh herbs and vegetables when cooking. And thank you for the recipe. Is the Tobasco really necessary? I am not a fan of spicy things and I am not sure if this adds some heat to the tomato paste.

    • 1.1

      Hi Emma. Thank you. If you don’t like the heat yes you can omit it. Enjoy!

  2. 2

    I love the idea of making this from scratch!

  3. 3

    Ooh I have a ton of cherry tomatoes and no tomato paste… definitely making this soon! Love the addition of Tabasco (I’m obsessed). Do you think it would be ok to use the green jalapeño Tabasco? I don’t have the original on hand.

  4. 4

    This would be fabulous in pasta, stew, or in a sauce! Love it

  5. 5

    I bit the Tabasco gives this sauce a wonderful kick!

  6. 6
    JennyBC /

    Can’t wait to make this. Sounds divine ~ like summer in a jar!

  7. 7

    tomato paste with a kick?! This sounds great!

  8. 8

    I love this idea! especially because it seems like whenever I need a can of paste I don’t have one!

  9. 9

    I use tomato paste ALL the time. Just yesterday I was thinking I should have used fresh tomatoes or homemade tomato paste but didn’t event think there was a recipe for it. Of course there is! and yours came right on time!

  10. 10
    Nicole /

    How long does it keep?

  11. 11

    I too use a lot of tomato. I just started a veggie garden and I have a lot of tomatoes, can’t wait to try out this recipe

  12. 12
    Dana /

    I have a huge crop of regular tomatoes coming in. Could these be used instead of cherry tomatoes by increasing baking time? Thanks, can wait to try this!

  13. 13

    Awesome recipe! I’m going to have to try this. Love the idea of making it from scratch!

  14. 14

    oh my, I’ll be making these soon!

  15. 15
    Tarra /

    How long can I store this in the fridge? Can I freeze it?

    • 15.1

      Hi Tarra, it should keep for up to four weeks in the refrigerator and yes you can freeze it.

  16. 16
    Jules /

    Hi Paula! I love your blog! 😉 The sad truth is when it comes to the kitchen, I’m not qualified to wash your pots and pans. Quick question: How much tomato paste will this recipe yield? Does homemade tomato paste freeze as well as store bought? Thank you very much for your time and the recipes! Be well.

    • 16.1

      Hi Jules, Thank you and I’m sure you’re a gem in the kitchen! You can absolutely freeze this tomato paste and it should keep for approximately 6 months in the freezer. It makes about a cup of tomato paste.

      • Jules /

        Thanks for getting back to me, Paula, I appreciate your time! 🙂

  17. 17

    I have never thought of making my own tomato paste but I have canned many a tomato! Beautiful post! 🙂

  18. 18

    This is brilliant, Paula! What a great idea to add a kick of heat to tomato paste (and I love that you make your own tomato paste).

  19. 19

    I love this idea!

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