Homemade “Canned” Tomato Paste

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Pizza sauce, a spread, pasta sauce, the possibilites are endless with this outrageously delicious recipe. Try using Homemade “Canned” Tomato Paste in recipes calling for canned tomato paste or tomato sauce. We like to spread a little on artisan bread, sprinkle with feta, parmesan or mozzarella cheese and toast. Be sure to check out our recipe for Homemade “Canned” Tomato Paste.

Homemade "Canned" Tomato Paste

Homemade "Canned" Tomato Paste

ields: 14 | Serving size: 2 tablespoons | Calories: 36 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fats: 0 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg |Sodium: 19 mg | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Dietary fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein: 1 g | SmartPoints: 1 |


  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cored
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cored
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh sweet basil, packed
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut bell peppers into fourths and place on a cookie sheet lined with foil, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Roast 20 minutes. Remove bell peppers from the oven and immediately place in a large bowl covered with foil. Allow peppers to steam for 2 to 3 minutes. The peelings should easily come off once cooled. Discard peelings.
  3. While bell peppers are roasting, add sun-dried tomatoes, along with oil from jar, and garlic to a medium skillet, sauté on medium-low heat until tomatoes soften up, about 4 minutes. Add basil, toss just until wilted, remove from heat, drain oil and add vinegar, stir to combine. Cool 5 minutes.
  4. Add cooled roasted bell peppers, black pepper and sun-dried tomato mixture to a food processor. Pulse until all ingredients are combined and sauce is a smooth consistency. Store sauce in a glass jar with lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

5 Comments on "Homemade “Canned” Tomato Paste"

  1. Kelly  November 27, 2013

    Could this sauce also be frozen for later use?

    • GaleCompton  November 28, 2013

      Kelly, I've never frozen this recipe, so I can't say for certain. If you freeze it let us know the results. Thanks!

    • elysummers  August 27, 2018

      I’ve frozen tomato paste and sauce that I didn’t need (from a can) many, many times. Not only does it freeze well, I can break off a bit to use for flavoring a small recipe.

  2. Julie  January 2, 2017

    Hi, how much garlic is added please?

    • Gale Compton  January 4, 2017

      Julie, I updated the recipe to include 2 cloves garlic and to use a bowl covered with foil for easy peeling. 🙂


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