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Tomato Sauce Vs Ketchup: You Won’t Believe Which One Tastes Better

People are often surprised that I don’t like ketchup, but the truth is that I’m not a fan of processed foods in general.

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For example, I try to eat out at restaurants as seldom as possible (I cook 99% of my meals at home) and almost never eat fast food.

You might think this means I’m healthy, but it’s actually because I have a sensitive stomach.

So when it comes to condiments, why would I choose ketchup over homemade tomato sauce?

Here’s why:

What is special about tomato sauce?

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Tomato sauce is a very versatile ingredient to have in your kitchen.

It’s great for pasta, pizza, and even eggs.

It also makes a simple sandwich more exciting!

Tomato sauce is a little thinner than ketchup and has more sweetness to it.

This makes it ideal for using on pizzas and other dishes that can handle a little more tanginess than what you might find in ketchup.

The main difference between tomato sauce and ketchup comes down to cost: tomato sauce costs much more than ketchup because of the amount of tomatoes used in its production; hence why you’ll usually see it sold by the jar rather than by the bottle like with most condiments (think mustard).

What is special about ketchup?

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Ketchup is a condiment that is used to add flavor to many different dishes.

It can also be used as a dip for french fries, hamburgers and hot dogs.

Tomato ketchup is a sweet sauce made from tomatoes that have been cooked with vinegar, spices and sugar.

It’s thickened with corn starch so it sticks to foods better than regular tomato sauce would.

While the two sauces are similar in their uses and ingredients (tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and spices), they taste very different from each other due to the amount of sugar added during processing which makes ketchup sweeter than tomato sauce

Tomato sauce vs ketchup: What’s the similarity?

There are a lot of similarities between tomato sauce and ketchup.

Both are made from tomatoes, which is why they have similar flavors.

Both can be used as a condiment, a sauce or base for other sauces.

Both tomato sauce and ketchup have been around for centuries, so you’ll find them in many dishes from different cultures all over the world.

They’re also versatile enough to be used in meat preparations like steak tartare or chicken piccata; pasta dishes like spaghetti bolognese; vegetable-based recipes such as ratatouille; seafood preparations such as oysters Rockefeller (which we’ll discuss more later on).

Tomato sauce vs ketchup: What’s the difference?

While tomato sauce and ketchup are both made with tomatoes, their recipes are very different.

Ketchup is a condiment that is often used as a dipping sauce for French fries or other fried foods.

It has a more watery consistency than tomato sauce and contains vinegar, which gives it its distinctive tangy flavor.

Ketchup’s origins can be traced back to classical Rome in the 15th century when they developed an acidic concoction called “catsup,” which later became known as ketchup in England during the 19th century; at this time there were numerous different recipes for catsup throughout Europe.

The Oxford English Dictionary traces the word itself back further still: “The origin of ‘ketchup’ appears uncertain…but one of these [etymologies] suggests an origin from Chinese words meaning ‘fish brine’.”

Can you substitute tomato ketchup for tomato sauce?

You can substitute ketchup for tomato sauce, but it’s not a one-to-one swap.

The biggest difference between the two is that ketchup has more sugar and salt than tomato sauce, so if you’re trying to cut back on those ingredients in your diet, stick with tomato sauce.

Ketchup also tends to be sweeter and thicker than tomato sauce—so if you use less of it when cooking, you could end up with a dish that tastes too sweet or doesn’t have enough liquid consistency.

Ketchup is made by mixing tomatoes (usually canned or pasteurized), vinegar and spices together until they become thickened into a smooth paste.

What is healthier ketchup or tomato sauce?

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Ketchup, which is typically made of tomatoes, vinegar and sugar and has little nutritional value.

Tomato sauce is made with the same ingredients but has added garlic and onion.

The tomato sauce is higher in fiber than ketchup.

Both are good sources of vitamin C and calcium, but tomato sauce also offers potassium and magnesium while ketchup contains sodium nitrates that can help prevent cancer development according to research at the University of Minnesota’s Cancer Center conducted by Dr Charles Fuchs who said: “We have known for some time that low-level exposure to carcinogens can actually stimulate our immune system against cancer.”


If you want to make your food taste better, you should make your own tomato sauce.

You can add any extra spices that you like or even use a different kind of fruit if it is not in season.

It’s also fun to get creative with how much time it takes to cook down the sauce.

Ketchup is also very good but only if used sparingly because its flavor does not stand out as well when combined with other ingredients like onions, garlic cloves for example.

Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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