Tomatoes are slowly simmered with fennel, onion, garlic, molasses, vinegar and spices to create this favorite condiment. It's the only ketchup recipe that has ever stood up even close to as good as popular brands! It's different, but it's REALLY good! It's important to reduce this for a long time -- at least 4 hours or so. It will thicken just a bit as it cools.


16 servings


6 large tomatoes, quartered
1 bulb fennel, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
10 whole cloves
2 whole star anise pods
1 tablespoon salt


In a large saucepan combine tomatoes, fennel, onion, garlic, sugar, molasses, vinegar, cloves, anise pods and salt. Reduce over low heat until mixture becomes very thick.

Puree mixture in a blender and strain through a mesh strainer. Chill.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours


Store in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51; Total Fat: 0.2 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 632 mg; Total Carbs: 12.3 g (Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g); Protein: 1 g

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