What are Strained Tomatoes?

Also called Passata Di Pomodoro, Coulis de tomatoes (French).

Strained tomatoes are briefly cooked, pureed and strained (sieved) tomatoes, usually bottled or packed in tetra pack (boxed) containers.

The skins and seeds are removed during straining, so they have a very smooth thick and pourable consistency.

The key here is that strained tomatoes are briefly cooked. The ingredients in strained tomatoes are: tomatoes and sometimes, citric acid and/or salt depending on the brand. The level of added salt may vary considerably depending on the brand you buy. Please read the labels!

What is citric acid?

Citric acid is a weak organic acid  produced as a white crystalline powder. It occurs naturally in citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. It is used as a natural food preservative and to add acidic, or sour taste to foods and soft drinks.

Storage of strained Tomatoes

Once the container is opened it should be refrigerated and used within 6-10 days (Please read the label on your product)

Where to buy strained tomatoes

Strained tomatoes are available in Italian delis but some supermarkets also stock them in the so-called international foods aisle. In Europe, strained tomatoes are widely available in supermarkets.

Brands of Strained Tomatoes


Ingredients in the Pomi brand ares simply tomatoes. No additives.”They are carefully selected Italian sun-ripened tomatoes grown within area of production which are strained and packed fresh”

Nutrition facts per 125ml (½ cup) is as follows:

  • Calories: 32
  • Fats: 0 gram
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligram
  • Sodium: 10 milligram;
  • Fibres 2 gram;
  • Sugars: 5 gram.
  • Protein: 1 gram:
  • Vitamin A 15% RDA
  • Vitamin C 40% RDA
  •  Iron 2%. RDA

Regina Molisana

  • Ingredients in this brand are Tomatoes, Salt and Citric Acid.
  • Nutrition facts per 125ml (½ cup) are as follows:

  • Calories: 45
  • Fats: 0 gram
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligram
  • Sodium: 120 milligram;
  • Fibres 2 gram;
  • Sugars: 6 gram.
  • Protein: 2 gram:
  • Vitamin A 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C 25% RDA
  • Calcium: 4% RDA
  • Iron 10%. RDA


Last updated: August 21, 2018

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

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