Simply whizz for a super savoury spread.
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I had the cookery group round this week and we made some really tasty things. This Tomato & Almond Patè is deeply savoury and utterly delicious. It would make a great sandwich filler / toast topper / jacket potato topping. Or let it down a little and stir it through pasta. I had some on a Ryvita and it was very yum

This budget recipe is super simple, you just whizz everything together. It’s vegan, dairy and gluten free too if that interests you

Where can I buy sun dried tomatoes

I use sun dried tomatoes from Healthy Supplies for this budget recipe. They come in large 1kg bags, currently £9.95, but last for ages. I prefer to buy them dried like this, rather than the jars of tomatoes in oil in the supermarkets. They are also much cheaper, but I appreciate you need the cash to be able to get them. I tend to stock up on several items so I get free postage (orders over £39). I get several things from HS – freeze dried kale and porcini powders, freeze dried strawberry and raspberry powders. Great for all kinds of things

If you use Healthy Supplies tomatoes, they would be £1
Merchant Gourmet tomatoes from Sainsbury £1.55
Ground almonds are about £1 for 100g
Plus a little for oil

So this recipe would cost £2-£2.55 for a batch.
Makes 8 x 50g servings, so 25p-32p a serving


Sun Dried Tomato & Almond Pate, a budget recipe

sun dried tomato and almond spread

2 Minute Sun Dried Tomato & Almond Spread

Simply whizz for a super savoury spread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Soaking Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 2 mins
Course: Lunch, Picnic, Snack
Cuisine: English
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, easy, sandwich filler, vegan, vegetarian
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Other: Freezes Well
Servings: 8
Cost per portion 25p
Calories: 136kcal
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For tomatoes that are dried and in a packet

  • Soak the sun dried tomatoes in a little water, about 200ml, until they have plumped up, then drain them.
  • Put the tomatoes, olive oil and ground almonds in a mixing bowl or jug
  • Add about 100ml of the water the tomatoes were soaking in

For tomatoes that are in a jar, in oil

  • If your tomatoes are from a jar, drain the oil from them, keeping the oil for later use
  • Put the tomatoes, ground almonds, 2 tblsp of the oil from the jar and about 100ml water in a mixing bowl or jug

For all kinds

  • Whizz to a smooth paste with a stick blender
  • Add more water if you want a less thick spread
  • Freezes well if you don't use it within about a week


This spread can be used in a sandwich, on toast, in a jacket potato. Would work well as a pasta sauce, but will need to be runnier. Add some more water to the desired thickness
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Nutrition Facts
2 Minute Sun Dried Tomato & Almond Spread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 428mg12%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 109IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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