Can tomato paste be used in place of tomato puree?
Because tomato paste is a concentrated form of tomato puree, you can dilute it to the consistency of tomato sauce without much fuss. Adding one cup of water to three-quarters of a cup of tomato paste will result in a tomato base with the same texture and thickness as tomato sauce (after some brisk stirring).
How much tomato paste equals tomato puree?
Use Tomato Paste as a Tomato Puree Substitute Open the can of tomato paste. Measure out 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the paste and mix with 3/4 cup water.
Can I use puree instead of paste?
As to the tomato paste vs. puree, the paste will be thicker and more concentrated in flavor and texture/composition. If you're looking for the closest consistency and flavor to puree to duplicate a recipe, you might start with about 2/1 ratio of puree/paste and tweak from there.