Buttery Garlic Basil Tomato Sauce

Buttery Garlic Basil Tomato Sauce

Buttery Garlic Basil Tomato SauceMore often than anything else, I find myself craving a nice rich garlic basil tomato sauce.  For ages, I’ve tried to find a recipe that hits all of those perfect notes, but nothing ever seemed to work – the flavours were never quite what I was hoping for. Until I had a moment of realization – restaurants put butter in everything; why would tomato sauce be an exception? It turned out that butter was exactly what I was missing (this recipe is great without it, but so, so good with it!)

This is a quick, easy recipe that I use this in lots of different ways – over pasta, over pan-fried chicken, with meatballs, with spiralized vegetables – and it always hits the spot.  It also keeps well in the fridge, so it makes a great lunch out of the leftovers. If you leave out the butter, it’s also Whole30 compliant!

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Buttery Garlic Basil Tomato Sauce

Buttery Garlic Basil Tomato SauceIngredients

  • 1 bottle strained tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • one handful fresh basil, loosely packed, cut into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup butter (don’t even think about using margarine or some other gross thing)
  • Chili flakes to taste (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet at a medium heat.
  2. Add strained tomatoes.
  3. Return to a medium heat and simmer tomatoes.
  4. Add garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and chili flakes if desired; cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  5. Just before serving, stir in basil.