Homemade Tomato Passata


Homemade tomato passata has so many flavors, it's amazing. You can also create an even more basic sauce without onions and garlic.

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Homemade tomato passata
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2019-08-30, this recipe is for 8 people and takes 45 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 22-03-2023

45 minutes 8 people Sauces
Homemade tomato passata


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  • 3 kg tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • optional: olive oil
  • pepper and salt to taste
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  • cutting board & chef's knife
  • large pan, preferable with a thick bottom
  • food mill, blender or immersion blender

Homemade Tomato Passata

45 minutes 8 people Sauces

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Making homemade tomato passata -- 45 minutes

Peel and coarsely chop the onions and garlic cloves. Rinse the tomatoes, remove the green and hard parts and chop the tomatoes into chunks.  

Homemade tomato passata
Homemade tomato passata

Heat a bit of olive oil in a large pan and sauté the coarsely chopped onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add the tomato chunks along with a small layer of water to prevent them from burning.

Let them simmer for about half an hour, the exact time depends of the tomatoes you're using. Tomatoes with lots of pulp need more time to get to the desired thickness.  

Cooking homemade tomato passata
Cooking homemade tomato passata

You'll get the best result if you're using a food mill, this way the passata will be super smooth. You can also use an immersion or regular blender, but it won't be smooth because of the tomato skins. Season with pepper and salt.

You can use this passata for all kinds of basic sauces, such as pasta or pizza sauce.

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