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Tomato paste substitute

Quick Tomato Paste Substitute

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 tablespoon 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Don’t have tomato paste, or realized you’re all out while you’re cooking? Here’s the best tomato paste substitute to use in recipes.


  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree or sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar 


  1. Mix the tomato puree or sauce with 1/4 teaspoon sugar. When you’re cooking, remove 1 tablespoon of other liquids in the recipe.
  2. Alternate method: you can also use ketchup as a 1:1 substitute for tomato paste. 
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Tomato paste substitute