Tomato passata homemade recipe

I recently looked at the labels of a range of ready to go sauces and I was horrified to find how much sweetener and additives are in most of them, so here is a recipe to create your very own tomato passata.

You can still buy a lovely jar of ready to go passata and add some crushed salt, freshly ground pepper and a big handful of fragrant basil and still have a delicious sauce. But trust me homemade tomato passata is a revelation! Plus it’s an amazing way to use up tomatoes.

If you regularly buy fresh tomatoes, really have a think about how many you throw away, when they get a bit squashy or if they have a tiny spot of white fuzz on them… these are really good cooking tomatoes – don’t waste them! In an hour you can have a delicious tomato passata sauce which you can bulk make, storing the sauce in recycled jars in the fridge which lasts for a couple of weeks. Win win!

Ok so I know buying a jar of ready to go sauce is tempting for the time restricted amongst us or maybe you’re not to sure what to do in terms of making your own so ta-dah! Here’s the how to…

perfect passata!


  • Tomatoes – any shape and any amount (riper the better!)
  • A handful of fresh or dried thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • A handful of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • A handful of fresh basil


  1. Pre-heat the over to 180c
  2. Pop all of the tomatoes onto a tray and dot the garlic cloves amongst the tomatoes, sprinkle over the thyme and salt and pepper.
  3. Pop in to the over and roast for 30 minutes until the tomatoes are starting to colour and caramelise.
  4. Take them out of the oven and leave to stand for a minute. Using a liquidiser, blend everything including the fresh basil until it’s a really smooth texture.
  5. Using a sieve over the pan you were using, pour through the tomato mixture. Using the back of a ladle push through the mixture.
  6. Once you have finished sieving the mixture give it a good stir and taste it to check the seasoning, pop it back on the heat and add seasoning to your taste. Add more chopped basil at this stage if you wish.

A classic dish and one of my particular favourites is Papa al pomodoro, easy to do and ultra tasty…

Cook some spaghetti and once drained stir in some of your amazing tomato sauce.

Cover in grated pecorino cheese and enjoy immediately!

Thoughts from the Eat & Breathe kitchen

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