Avoid processed ketchup made with high fructose corn syrup with this easy and versatile recipe, easy to customize to your own taste.

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  • Preparation Time

    10 minutes

  • Difficulty Rating


  • Serves



  1. 3 6-oz /180-g cans organic tomato paste
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. ½ medium onion, diced
  4. ½ cup / 120 ml apple cider vinegar
  5. ½ tsp. Stevia or monk fruit powder
  6. 1 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1 cup / 240 ml water
  8. 1 tsp. mustard powder
  9. ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  10. 1 tsp. dried basil OR ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  11. Optional to taste: cinnamon, cloves, allspice


  1. Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth, and put in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to let the flavors blend.

Serving Size: ¼ cup

Exchanges per Serving: ¼ Carb, 0 Protein, 0 Fat

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Comments 28

    • Hi, MichalM. If you mean 1 teaspoon or cube of sugar as a “sugar,” then two would equal 2/3 of a carbohydrate exchange. If you have more than one cup of tea per day, then it would be recommended to consider using a healthier sweetener – the most recommended are stevia, erythritol, or a combination of the two. It may take a while to get used to the change, so try to make it gradually (every few days a little less sugar with a little more of the alternative) – it really is worth it.

    • Hi, Gallopandgifts. We don’t encourage products like Canderel because they include artificial sweeteners, which can work against your efforts here. We suggest natural no-carb sweeteners such as Stevia with erythritol.

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