Spicy Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce is perfect for when you need a quick, easy, and budget-friendly meal.  Roasting brings out a rich flavor in the tomatoes and garlic, which, combined with the creaminess of butter and spicy kick of red pepper flakes, take pasta to the next level. 

Spicy Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce // Fork in the Kitchen

I am always looking for satisfying budget-friendly meals, mostly because my budget doesn’t always support my tastes.  Shocking, I know.  Am I the only one who faces this conundrum?  Anyway, this sauce totally fits the bill, both literally and metaphorically.

Spicy Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce // Fork in the Kitchen

Guess what else is fantastic about this recipe… it’s SO easy!  Throw the ingredients in a pan, mix it up, and stick it in the oven for 35-45 minutes while the flavors meld to perfection.  Just wait for the aroma of garlic and spices to fill your kitchen; you may start to drool.  You’ve been warned.

Spicy Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce // Fork in the Kitchen

After a long day of work, when you are looking for quick, easy, and budget friendly, this recipe is also a stress reliever.  I often find myself in the kitchen if I’m upset; chopping, mixing, and simmering are calming and therapeutic.  For the days when calm just won’t do, smashing garlic is the perfect solution to working out frustrations.

Spicy Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce // Fork in the Kitchen

I’m always in favor of homemade pasta, but any pasta will do for this sauce.  In fact, the leftovers would be great as a spicy pizza sauce.  Want to be mega-healthy?  Pair it with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

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Quick, easy, and budget-friendly sauce is taken to the next level by roasting the ingredients.



  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Combine tomatoes, garlic, butter, red pepper flakes, and oregano in a 13×9″ baking dish; season with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Roast in oven for 35-45 minutes, tossing half way through. Garlic should be very soft and the mixture jam-like.
  • Once removed from oven, use a potato masher or fork to break up garlic and tomatoes.
  • As sauce is roasting, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente.
  • Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
  • Return pasta to pot, adding tomato sauce and pasta water, tossing until sauce coats pasta.
  • Serve with Parmesan cheese and basil garnish.
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Recipe inspired by Epicurious.

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