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Tomato paste

What is tomato paste?

About the ingredient tomato paste. Including 1,167 recipes with tomato paste, nutrition data, and where to find it.



Tomato paste is a thick paste made by adding sugar to ripened tomatoes with skin and seeds removed. Its most common culinary usage is to enrich the flavor of sauces, particularly tomato sauce. It is most commonly available in tin cans and squeeze tubes.

It was traditionally made in parts of Sicily, Southern Italy and Malta by spreading out a much reduced tomato sauce on wooden boards. The boards are set outdoors under the hot August sun to dry the paste until it is thick enough, when scraped up, to hold together in a richly colored dark ball.

Today this artisan product is harder to find than the industrial (much thinner) version.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (262g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 214Calories from Fat 11
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 49.5g 17%
Dietary Fiber 11g 43%
Sugars 31.9
Protein 11.3g
Vitamin A 80% Vitamin C 96%
Calcium 9% Iron 43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Tomato paste is usually found in the canned goods section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Tomato paste is a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much does tomato paste weigh?

Measure Grams
1 cup 262
1 tbsp 16
1 can (6 oz) 170

In Chinese:番茄酱
British (UK) term: Tomato paste
en français:la pâte de tomates
en español:pasta de tomate

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