Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Home-made roasted tomato Passata

When you have a glut of tomatoes, passata is a great way to preserve them and this way of making it is really easy.  Passata is a thick purée of raw tomatoes, known in Italy as passata di pomodoro and a basic store cupboard staple of every Italian cook but I make my own cooked variety.



  • Ripe tomatoes (Plum tomatoes do make the best passata in my view)
  • Onion
  • Sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Herbs (optional)



  1. Cut the tomatoes in half (or quarters if very large).
  2. Place in a roasting tray together with one chopped onion.
  3. Season well and add 1 flat tsp sugar.  Add herbs if liked (basil, thyme, marjoram and oregano all work well) and mix well.
  4. Cook at 180º for about ½hr until they are soft and their juices are flowing
  5. Allow to cool a little and then blend roughly (this makes the next stage easier).
  6. Press the blended tomatoes through a sieve.  I use a wooden darning mushroom to help push them through but the back of a large spoon would also work.
The resulting passata can then either be used fresh or for future use it can be frozen or bottled in preserving jars.

Roasted tomatoes

Making passata

Sieving the blended tomatoes to produce passata

I find passata an invaluable ingredient to have to hand and I use it in so many dishes:

  • Base for pasta Sauce
  • Added to mince when making lasagne, chilli, moussaka etc
  • As a base for soup
  • In vegetable bakes
  • In curries and stews
  • Tomato base for pizzas.

Have you any more uses for passata?  I make loads so would love to know new ways of using it. 

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  1. I love roasted roasted tomatoes, a lovely recipe, thanks for sharing :-)

  2. We love passata and always make ours rather than buy too, husband loves to add a kick of chilli at the end too! Yours looks delicious. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    1. Ooooh - chilli - good call. I might add some tot he next batch I make.

  3. This is so beautiful! Look at the colour of those gorgeous tomatoes! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge :)

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I used some a watering technique to grow them and it was a great success!

  4. Got my tomatoes stocked up ready for this! Thanks for sharing the recipe.