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Pasta with tomato sauce topped with parsley in a white bowl with a fork beside a black and white striped napkin.

Pasta with Tomato Butter Sauce

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 side dish servings


This easy Pasta with Tomato Butter Sauce is prepared with staple pantry ingredients in just 30 minutes.


  • 8 ounces pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained (I used fettuccine)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced or whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (more or less, to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil, for garnish (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, stirring constantly (about 30 seconds).
  2. Add tomatoes with juices, Italian seasoning, sugar and bay leaf. If using whole tomatoes, break up tomatoes with a spoon into about 1-inch pieces while bringing to a boil. Once sauce reaches a gentle boil, reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a simmer.
  3. Begin heating water in a large pot to boiling for the pasta and cook according to package directions while sauce is simmering.
  4. Simmer sauce for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf and discard.  Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  5. Add cooked and drained pasta to sauce and toss to combine.  Serve sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley or basil, if desired.


  • Add crushed red pepper for a spicy kick, if desired.  This is also delicious topped with grated Parmesan!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: tomato butter sauce