Linguine with Tomato Butter Sauce

October 20, 2011

I saw the phrase “tomato-butter” as I was walking past the Aprons display at Publix one day.  Even though I didn’t stop to investigate, I couldn’t it out of my head.  Turns out this isn’t what they were talking about at all, but the idea of rich butter and tangy tomato sounded really good.  As much as I love more complex sauces, made with olive oil and wine and herbs and so forth, I adore the sheer simplicity of this one.  It’s very similar to my go-to Linguine with Garlic, Tomatoes and So Forth but even simpler.  A lot of recipes for Tomato Butter call for onion but I wasn’t in an onion mood so I did garlic instead but I kept it to just a couple of cloves instead of my usual garlic-overload.  The choice is yours.

  • Linguine, 1 pound
  • Heirloom Tomatoes, 2 pounds
  • Butter, 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup)
  • Garlic, 2 to 3 small cloves
  • Salt and Pepper

Put the water on to boil for the pasta then mince the garlic and quarter the tomatoes.

In a large skillet or saute pan, start the butter melting  over medium heat.  Add the garlic and let it begin to soften as the butter continues to melt but don’t let it brown.

Once the butter is melted and a little bubbly add the tomatoes and as much of their juice as you can salvage from the cutting board.  Bring the mix to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally.

As the tomatoes cook down, smash them up a bit with the back of a spoon.  By now the water is probably boiling so put the pasta in to cook.   If the tomatoes are nice and soft you can turn the heat off and let them sit until the linguine is ready.

Drain the linguine and add it to the pan with the tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper and toss it all together over low heat for a minute or two.

Serve it up immediately, with lots of fresh Parmesan. Enjoy!

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1 Trudy October 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I’m cooking this tonight, my mouth is watering, Love your website.

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2 karenbove October 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I made it again last night and ended up stuffing myself on it. It’s so good and SO easy!

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3 susanna chwan November 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I don’t know if I said this the first time I made it or not….but we LOVE it! Thank you and I have referred this to many people

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4 karenbove November 8, 2013 at 8:32 am

Thanks Susanna! It’s a favorite around here too :)

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5 susanna chwan November 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I don’t know if I said this the first time I made it or not…but we LOVE it! Thank you and I have referred this to many people.

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6 karenbove November 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I love it too because it’s so simple yet so tasty.

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