Buttery Tomato Spaghetti

Rach prepares a really fast and frugal tomato sauce with a rich buttery base. Using crushed tomatoes rather than breaking down whole tomatoes cuts the cook time of this sauce in half! Serve with Pork Chops Smothered with Peppers and Onions.


  • Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • A few leaves of fresh basil, torn
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or pasted (optional)
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 1 can crushed Italian tomatoes (28-32 ounces)
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


Heat a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.

Melt the butter in a saucepot over medium heat. Add the basil, garlic, if using, onion and tomatoes and season with salt. Bring to a simmer and let reduce for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 12-13 minutes, drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook to al dente.

Remove the onion halves from the sauce and add a ladle of the starchy pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Toss to combine. Serve the pasta topped with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

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