Yes, you CAN make homemade ketchup with honey – and sweetened ONLY with a little honey – that your family will love. Plus, it’s made in just minutes with basic pantry staples!
Note: A Pantry Basic is anything we normally use and have in our pantries that most people buy from the store- and some (like me!) didn’t even know be made at home! See more pantry basics here.
Homemade ketchup (and other “pantry basics”) was one of the first recipes I published when I started AOC back in 2009. I loved the ease of making our own ketchup – and that I could control the ingredients, so I was excited to share the recipe I used.
Now that I’ve been making it – and experimenting with adaptations – for years, I thought I should share a new updated version that uses only honey as the sweetener (no processed sugars)- and uses a lot less!
Making family favorite recipes healthier is always one of my goals when cooking. I know some people have a “don’t mess with it” mindset, but I’m more of a “why not see if there’s a difference” type of person. If there is a marked difference and we don’t like the new version, I go back. But what harm is there in experimenting? You may have one not-as-good recipe or you may have a new life-changing way to enjoy it, like this ketchup!
Our whole family still loves it, and my kids continue to douse their food in it (teens and ketchup…) with no grumblings about any changes. That’s a good thing, right?
I hope you enjoy this updated recipe for:
Homemade Ketchup with HoneyPrint
Homemade Ketchup With Honey
An incredibly easy ketchup that starts with tomato paste and uses honey as a sweetener!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 2-1/2 to 3 cups
- Category: Condiment
- 12 oz. tomato paste*
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1 c. vinegar
- 1/2 c. water (or more, for a thinner consistency)
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- Combine until smooth in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes (you’ll need to partially cover because it will spit hot tomato out at even the lowest simmer).
- Keep refrigerated.
- If it thickens too much in the fridge, just add some water (a couple teaspoons at a time) to reach pouring consistency.
*The amounts are doubled from my original ketchup recipe because this is the amount I always make for our family. If you need less, cut everything down by 1/2 – and yes, that would be only 1/4 cup of sweetener for the half batch- can you believe it? That’s some good ketchup!
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