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I have been experimenting with tomato sauce and finally mastered a sauce my kiddies adore! It isn’t as tart as store bought but has a hint of sweetness that makes it very palatable for the kiddies. This has quickly become my go to sauce recipe. My boys now prefer this sauce over store bought (hooray!). Now, it does have some sugar in it (hence why it taste like store bought). You can leave this out however it will alter the taste substantially. You can use dates in place of the sugar if desired.

The trick to keeping this sauce nice and red is using fresh, in season tomatoes. Sauces turn orange when using tomatoes not in season (Thank you MasterChef for that tip!).

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Kid Approved Tomato Sauce

  • Author: The road to loving my Thermo Mixer
  • Total Time: 60


This will make approximately 1 cup of tomato sauce.




  • 500g passata, see recipe included below
  • 40g sugar, sweeter of choice, dates or rice malt syrup
  • 1 tsp rock salt
  • ½ tsp malt or white vinegar, or more for a more tart sauce like store bought


  • 1kg fresh or tinned whole tomatoes, see notes
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half
  • ½ small onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 20g olive oil



  1. Place passata (500g), sugar (40g), rock salt (1tsp) and vinegar (1/2 tsp) to bowl.
  2. Program 25 minutes / 100C / Speed 2. Place internal steaming basket on t op to prevent any splatters although there really shouldn’t be any unless you are doubling this recipe.
  3. Pour into a clean bottle and keep in the fridge for two weeks. See notes.


  1. Place garlic clove (4) and onion (1/2) into bowl. Speed7 / 5 seconds. Scrape down.
  2. Add oil (20g) to bowl. Program 5 minutes / 110C / speed 2.
  3. Add tomatoes (800g) to bowl.
  4. Program 20 minutes / 110C / Speed 2. Place internal steaming basket on t op to prevent any splatters.
  5. Pour into jar or bottle.


  • Tomato Sauce can be frozen. I divide this in to two portions and freeze one. Simply thaw before using.
  • Passata will keep for up to 7 days in the fridge or freeze.
  • The trick to keeping this sauce nice and red is using fresh, in season tomatoes. Sauces turn orange when using tomatoes not in season (Thank you MasterChef for that tip!).

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