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Homemade Ketchup

Love ketchup? This homemade version is lower in sodium and added sugar than store-bought brands, and is incredibly simple to make!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Yield: Makes 2 Cups


There are plenty of great reasons to make your own tomato sauce at home- it’s cheap, it’s easy, and it allows you to control how much sugar and salt is added (and avoid chemical additives too!)

You can use this as a condiment, as a base for pizza sauce, or even as part of a tomato-based pasta sauce, like this lentil bolognese.


  • 10 oz. (280g) concentrated tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup malt or white vinegar
  • 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup (or 3 tbsp. rice syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3/4 - 1 cup water



Combine all ingredients, except for the water, in a mixing bowl. Whisk together. Stir in 3/4 cup of water to start, then gradually add more water as necessary until you reach the desired consistency.

Store in airtight containers or glass bottles, and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.