Simple tomato passata + my cool machine

Making pasatta at ediblebackyard

This new tool is the love of my life – it’s a Rigamonti Passata machine. 100 times faster and easier than my old mouli which though its churned out litres and litres of tomatoes over the years, I wasn’t sad to see go. Heartless.

Roasted tomato pasatta is my go to – its so delicious, but when things are hectic and there’s a basket of tomatoes that need using I go really simple and process them raw.

Compared to the mouli, the rigamonti is a dream. Pop the raw tomatoes in the top, turn the handle and the skins shoot out the side and the flesh and juice out the front into the bowl.

Put the tomato skins through the pasatta machine a few times
Put the skins through the machine a few times to extract every last drop

Same as when you use a mouli, you need to put the skins back through the machine a few more times to extract every last drop. So much flavour under the skins!

Very little waste from a Rigamonti pasatta machine

From todays harvest of 3.3kg of tomatoes I get x5 600ml bottles of pasatta with only 172g of waste for the compost bin. (You can of course whizz your tomatoes up whole and include skin and all if you like it like that. )

5 bottles of homemade pasatta

If you are processing in a water bath (or in my case a stock pot with a towel on the bottom), sterilise your jars and leave them to cool. Then put 1 teaspoon of salt and 1Tablespoon of lemon juice in the bottom and fill with pasatta. Heat process for 40mins.

If you are going overflow styles – sterilise your jars and bring your pasatta to the boil in a pot. Add basil, garlic, oregano – whatever you like. Bottle into hot jars and seal.

A rigamonti is really easy to dismantle and clean

Such simple components! and easy as to dismantle and clean.

I couldn’t find one of these wondrous things in NZ, but I tracked one down over the ditch. Andy and Donna at Bake and Brew were happy as to send me one over.


  1. Passats looks yum. Too bad they didn’t make this machine out of metal, rather than plastic ;(. What didn’t you like about your mouli? I was just looking into getting one, a step up from using my seive and spoon.

    • I loved my mouli Suzanne, until I discovered this Rigamonti! Made all my baby food with my mouli and have processed tonnes of stuff through it, but a mouli is really labour intensive compared to this awesome thing (though it’ll be a big jump from a sieve and spoon!) And yeah I get it about the plastic fantastic. Because all the components are simple and robust and there are no electrics Rigamonti’s last without need of repair – hardly a single use item. Enjoy your mouli! (Be sure to get a robust one, there are plenty of flimsy modern ones out there. My one came from a second hand shop and was as tough as old boots.)

  2. Carmel Gray says

    Hi Kath
    Have had a look at this website,(bake and brew) and cannot see this device anywhere. What is it categorized under please?