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Old 03-06-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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How do you make tomato puree into sauce?

bought tomato puree instead of sauce on accident. Wondering if I can make the puree into sauce...

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Old 03-06-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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Sure. Just saute some chopped onions and minced garlic for a few minutes, then add your puree and some fresh or dried basil or oregano. add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for about 20 minutes. This is a quick marinara sauce.
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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Depending on what you are making, canned tomato puree and tomato sauce are similar products and can often be used interchangeably. The one thing to note is that tomato sauce is thinner, so you may end up needing to add more liquid to your recipe to compensate.
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:48 PM   #4
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What GG said. Just add stuff to it and let it simmer away. You may never by sauce again. If you like it sweet add sugar. If you like it garlicky, add some garlic, either fresh or powdered. And hopefully you have some oregano or Italian seasoning on hand, because that's pretty much a must.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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I might be wrong, but I didn't get the impression that the poster wanted to make marinara, but rather bought one ingredient when they actually meant to buy another. Maybe he/she can clarify.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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I could be wrong, too. I assumed the OP wanted a ready-to-use sauce, and marinara is the easiest.
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There is also the possability the OP might be looking to make pizza sauce. In which case, the puree would work well as a raw sauce with a few dried herbs and spices added.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:10 AM   #8
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Tomato sauce is cooked and has salt added. That is the only difference I can see between the two.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:16 AM   #9
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like pf said, canned tomato sauce is only sligjtly different than tomato puree in that the sauce is cooked with a bit of seasoning.

but for most folks, adding herbs like oregano, parsley, and/or basil with some garlic and onion makes a tomato sauce.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:11 AM   #10
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I didn't realize they made a plain tomato sauce. The cans of sauce I have looked at were loaded with ingredients and ready to heat and use as is. There are so many varieties in the canned tomatoes aisle I may have missed it.
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