Tomato paste is one thing I am always hunting for, and I often end up running to the store in the middle of recipe preparation. If you need a can of tomato paste or just a few tablespoons, but don't have any in your pantry, you can substitute with thickened tomato sauce or canned tomatoes.
Also, blended canned tomatoes make a good substitute for tomato sauce for pizza or as a base for homemade pasta sauces.
How to Make Tomato Paste From Tomato Sauce:
Pour a can (8 or 15 ounces) of tomato sauce into a saucepan and bring it to a brisk simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring constantly, for about 7 minutes, or until reduced by about two-thirds. You should have about 3 to 4 ounces of tomato paste from an 8 ounce can, or about 6 or 7 ounces from a 15-ounce can.
How to Make Tomato Paste From Canned Tomatoes:
Blend a 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes in a blender or food processor until smooth,
Pour the tomato mixture into a saucepan. Simmer the tomato mixture briskly over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 8 to 10 minutes, until thickened and reduced by about two-thirds.
You should get about 2/3 cup or 6 ounces or tomato paste from a 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes.
Note: To make tomato sauce from canned tomatoes, blend until smooth and use or cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 to 4 minutes to thicken slightly.
Recipes Using Tomato Paste
Sausage and Eggplant Sauce for Pasta
Andouille or chorizo sausage and lots of eggplant add flavor and texture to this easy spaghetti or pasta sauce. Serve this delicious sauce over your favorite pasta, and pass the Parmesan. If you can't find fresh andouille or chorizo, use a spicy Italian sausage.
Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
This spaghetti sauce is made with tomatoes, tomato paste, and sauce, along with chopped vegetables and Italian sausage.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
Delicious sloppy Joes make a great everyday family meal. The filling for these sandwiches are made with peppers, onions, lean ground beef, tomato paste, chili sauce, and seasonings.
Skillet Chicken With Tomato Cream Sauce
The tasty tomato cream sauce is made with a wine and cream sauce and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. This makes a flavorful dish to serve with spaghetti, linguine or similar pasta.
Stuffed Bell Peppers With Ground Beef
These flavorful stuffed peppers are made with a few tablespoons of tomato paste, tomatoes, ground beef, rice, and seasonings.
Pizza Sauce Recipe
This basic pizza sauce is made with tomato paste, tomato sauce, and seasonings.
Sweet and Sour Country Style Ribs
Meaty country-style ribs are cooked in a sweet and sour sauce made with peppers, onions, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and brown sugar, along with pineapple and other seasonings.