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Difference Between Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste

Tomato Sauce vs Tomato Paste

Tomato paste and tomato sauce are widely used the world over. In most countries, tomato paste and tomato sauce are used almost in the same manner. However, some people do not find any hard difference between tomato sauce and tomato paste. However, there are slight differences between sauce and paste.

One of the main differences between tomato sauce and tomato paste is in their preparation. Tomato paste is prepared by cooking the tomatoes with a little water for a long time and then it’s thickened. Tomato sauce is just a seasoned puree of tomatoes with other ingredients like herbs.

Tomato paste is thick and very concentrated. On the other hand, tomato sauce is thin and less concentrated. Tomato paste is used either as ketchup or tomato sauce. For making sauce, water is added to tomato paste which will dilute the paste to make the sauce.

Tomato paste has its origins in Italy. In the western countries, tomato paste is used as tomato sauce or tomato ketchup. In eastern countries, tomato paste is used in certain dishes and also to flavour meats. It is even used with rice in certain countries. In countries such as southern Africa, Australia, United Kingdom, and New Zealand, tomato sauce is used to describe a condiment that is similar to the ketchup known in the US.

When tomato paste is made from tomatoes and salt, tomato sauce is made from tomatoes and other ingredients like herbs, garlic, and basil. In flavour, tomato paste and tomato sauce are almost the same, but there are more ingredients in tomato sauce. It has a better flavour than tomato paste.

Summary:

1.Tomato paste is prepared by cooking the tomatoes with a little water for a long time and then it’s thickened. Tomato sauce is just a seasoned puree of tomatoes with other ingredients like herbs.
2.Tomato paste is used either as ketchup or tomato sauce. For making sauce, water is added to tomato paste, which will dilute the paste to make the sauce.
3.Tomato paste is thick and very concentrated. On the other hand, tomato sauce is thin and less concentrated.
4.When tomato paste is made from tomatoes and salt, tomato sauce is made from tomatoes and other ingredients like herbs, garlic, and basil. Tomato sauce has a better flavour than the tomato paste.


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  1. I disagree totally with this statement:

    Tomato paste is used either as ketchup or tomato sauce.

    This is just plain wrong! It can be used for MAKING those things, but not USED AS. Have you ever tried putting plain tomato paste on a hamburger, or covering your pasta with tomato paste? Yeccch! Tomato paste is an uncooked ingredient which must be combined with olive oil, seasonings, and onion and/or garlic to create a sauce and then the ingredients must be cooked. Or you may use it to coat a meatloaf, but then again, it is only one ingredient in the recipe and it is cooked. You can’t use it raw, it would be awful.

    Tomato sauce, on the other hand, is a cooked and finished product, and to be used on pasta, rice, meats or in other recipes, like lasagna. It can be made with fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, chunky style or smooth, and tomato paste may be added for a thicker sauce.

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