Sugar Free Tomato Sauce


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Why you should make your own healthy sugar free tomato sauce

Most commercial tomato sauce/ketchups are very high in sugar, with a sugar content of around 30%. It varies a little from brand to brand but in general they are around one third added sugar.  For every Tablespoon of tomato sauce, your child is eating they are having 1-1.5 teaspoons of added sugar. This can add up pretty quickly if your child is a sauce lover.

This is the perfect sugar free tomato ketchup sauce recipe for children

My kids are no exception to the rule, they L O V E tomato sauce. They love it for dipping things, they love it with meats, hell they enjoy licking it straight off the plate or off their fingers. So how do I keep my sauce loving kids sugar intake low?

Well, I make my own sugar free tomato sauce.

3 Ingredient Tomato Sauce Recipe

Yes, that's right to make homemade tomato sauce you only need 3 ingredients. Around 2 minutes of preparation time and about 30 minutes of patience. By patience I mean leaving something to bubble on the stove. It's easy I promise.



This is the perfect sugar free tomato ketchup sauce recipe for children
Garlic, olive oil and tinned tomatoes all you need to make your own tomato sauce


This is the perfect sugar free tomato ketchup sauce recipe for children

Simple No Added Sugar Tomato Ketchup

Yield: 1 Cup of sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Easy healthy homemade tomato ketchup recipe no added sugar, because we all love tomato sauce


  • 3 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1 x 400g can tomato purée, crushed tomatoes or passata


  1. In a saucepan heat the olive oil over a medium low heat
  2. Roughly chop the garlic, it does not need to be super fine
  3.  Sauté for a few moments until coloured and fragrant
  4. Pour in the tomatoes and leave to bubble over a medium/low heat for around 30 minutes
  5. Once the sauce is nicely thickened give it a good vigorous stir with a spoon to really incorporate the oil


When you are choosing tinned tomato products check the label and look for products with no added sugar in the ingredients list and little to no added salt the salt content  should be well under 200 mg/100g of sodium for basic tinned tomatoes

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Please know this nutrition analysis is based on the ingredients only, this recipe has not been sent to a laboratory for independent testing

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 Serving suggestions

  • Serve the sauce/ketchup as you would normal commercial sauce, as a condiment, in a burger, with meats or sausages
  • Stir it through pasta for a super quick pasta dish, you can add extra vege, meat, fish, chicken, cheese or lentils/chickpeas to add extra nutrition
  • Make a layered hummus dip, alternate layers of hummus with the tomato sauce to make a colourful dip perfect for cucumber and carrot sticks

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    1. It will be absolutely fine for 3 days. It will freeze too. I my house with 3 kids we get through it quickly. I use it to stir through pasta, in toasted sandwiches, as a pizza base sauce or just as a dip so it goes quickly

    1. Hi Gemma. It should store in the fridge for 3 days easily. It will freeze. The recipe makes a relatively small quantity around a cup of sauce... So in my family it gets used quickly ?

  1. Ketchup can be so micronutrient-dense. I love that you've created a healthier version here! We can enjoy the powerful antioxidants without all the sugar and inflammation!

  2. Soooooo, where is the actual recipe? This entire page is filled with everything BUT the actual ingredients...

    1. I am soo sorry it seems my recipe plug in failed me. It is there now. Thank you so much for letting me know