Bucatini is tossed with a richly flavorful sauce of roasted garlic, tomatoes, and butter, to make a meal that is easy enough for a weeknight but dressed up enough for a weekend.
bucatini with butter-roasted tomato sauce

We are so totally giving up butter in, like, a few (unreasonably) short hours.

I know it. You know it. Our motivational life planners that we bought on December 29th know it.

Which basically means we need to shovel it in AMAP ASAP (as much as possible, as soon as possible…for those who don’t speak “random acronym”).


Carbs too.

All aboard! Cause this gravy train is about to leave the station.


Gravy train. Get it? Because we’re makingย gravy??

At least according to my grandmother, to whom tomato sauce=gravy. Ever and anon.

(It’s an Italian thing.)


Plus noodles are totally a good luck New Year’s food that is gonna give us a long life and skinny legs.

So they cancel out the butter.



And if you’re wondering whether the butter isย reallyย necessary to make this sauce as amazeballs as it is. The answer is yes. Undoubtedly yes.

I mean, roasted garlic is a magical thing but melty nutty roasted butter is a miracle. We deserve it.

Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce
Bucatini is tossed with an intensely flavorful sauce of roasted garlic, tomatoes, and butter, to make a meal that is easy enough for a weeknight but dressed up enough for a weekend.
Yield: 4 servings
  • 28 oz canned whole peeled tomatoes
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • ¼ cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb bucatini
  • freshly grated parmesan, for serving
  1. Heat oven to 425. Combine tomatoes (crush them with your hands as you put them into the pan!), garlic, butter, and red pepper flakes in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until garlic is soft and sweet and the mixture is jam-like, about 35 minutes. Use a potato masher to break up the garlic and tomatoes.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of heavily salted water. Drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water.
  3. Return the pasta to the pot and toss with the tomato sauce and reserved water. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce coats the pasta, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve topped with parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe


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55 Responses to Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

  1. Divine. What a fantastic way to see in the New Year!

  2. Happy new year, Joanne. This gorgeous pasta is the perfect way to ring in 2014.

  3. Daphne says:

    Bring on the butter. But of fat is good no? I’m off the carbs bandwagon but drool reading your sauce!

  4. Lovely! The flavors in this sauce couldn’t get any better ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy New Year!!

  5. Butter + garlic is always a good thing!

  6. This is like the perfect winter dinner! Have a Happy New Year Joanne!

  7. I need to leave the grain + butter station soon..or get more stretchy pants ๐Ÿ˜› Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ohhhhhh yum Joanne! What a perfect dinner and I am loving the butter in it!!! Happy New Years to you!!

  9. Susan says:

    One of these days I’m making a butter tomato sauce. I also refuse to give it up. Like ever. Happy New Year Joanne!

  10. debbie says:

    Sometimes you just have to have some butter. This is one of those times! Love the recipe! Happy New Year to you Joanne! I know it will be a great one!

  11. Love how simple and comforting this bowl of spaghetti looks Joanne – great styling!

  12. Kristi says:

    I could never give up butter or pasta. This looks so good, and so simple. I have one more jar pasta sauce that I’m using up, and then no more store bought sauce for me. I’ll never forget in one of your posts, you talking about store bought sauce and all the ingredients that are in it.
    Happy New year!

  13. cquek says:

    Just a new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness around…
    May the new year add a new beauty and freshness into our lives.
    Happy New Year.

  14. SallyBR says:

    Happy New Year! We are dining out tonight, but tomorrow is my night to cook and I want something special to start the year..

    I thought of a classic Ragu Bolognese, maybe that will be it

    Party like it’s 2014, ok? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. sandra says:

    Happy New Year Joanne!

    I’ve been thinking about your wedding catering dilemma and can’t help think that with all your connections that you couldn’t find someone to sponsor your wedding!! The food part at least. Just a thought… I hope you have a wonderful new year!

  16. Lora says:

    omg that looks amazing!

  17. Pinning this recipe like you would not believe! Ah, Ah, Ah, amazing!

  18. Shannon says:

    ooh, don’t give up butter, it’s not worth it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Erika says:

    Oh My!! That looks so amazing! Happy New Year to you!

  20. This sauce sounds fantastic! Can’t go wrong with roasted garlic and butter!

  21. THIS. I need it! Happy 2014 to you!

  22. So. Making. This! I love that the sauce is made in the oven – seems like a perfect dinner party dish, where the hosts can actually enjoy the party while the ‘gravy’ makes itself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy (almost) New Year!

  23. Kate says:

    I don’t think I could give up butter. Ever. There was a brief period of my young life where we tried with the whole “Can’t Believe It’s Not…” but eventually we found our way back to the light.

  24. I love bucatini! It’s my all time favorite pasta shape.
    I, too, love making random acronyms. Mainly to make fun of my boo, which he then of course turns around on me.

    happy new year, Joanne!

  25. Lori says:

    I had no idea about the direct correlation between noodles and skinny legs. And here I was going to cut back on pasta in the New Year. ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks amazing!

  26. Josie says:

    I like the way you think. This pasta looks totally amazing. Happy new Year, my friend!

  27. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Loving this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ the sauce sounds amazing!

  28. A perfect pasta dish to kick start 2014!
    Happy New Year!

  29. Beth says:

    This looks amazing – can’t wait to try it! Happy New Year, Joanne!

  30. Eileen says:

    I fully approve of the amount of butter in this recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚ It isn’t that much anyway! Plus, tomato plus butter plus pasta can never go wrong.

  31. I will never give up butter and that is a fact.

  32. Pam says:

    That’s a great pasta to make for the new year, thanks!

  33. You’re giving up butter? And carbs? Where’s Joanne?? Somebody kidnapped Joanne! I’ll take 2 bowls of this for you.

  34. I made the Batali bucatini with the pig jowls.
    Oh man that was good, and rich.
    Obvo I could not find pig jowls on the cape so had to make a trip to whole foods.
    Happy New Year to you!
    Let’s have a kickass 2014! OK?

  35. Hannah says:

    Nope. I believe in butter all year ’round. No restrictions for me; adding this to my January to-do list ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I’m rethinking my supper plans now….adore bucatini and this is a fabulous sauce! A VERY Happy New Year to you and yours, Jo!!!

  37. I can think of no better way to ring in the new year than pasta. Perfect.

  38. Sounds wonderful! Have a happy new year!

  39. Danielle says:

    Give up butter? Never! : ) This dish looks delicious! Any recipe that has 8 cloves of garlic is definitely for me! ? Happy New Year to you Joanne! Looking forward to more or your amazing recipes in 2014!!!

  40. Best I make some home made pasta tonight!


  42. This looks like a wonderful way to end the year. Dino’s parents call it gravy too, which totally blows my non-Italian mind. Whatever you call it… it’s delicious!

  43. Kathryn says:

    You’re the second person I’ve seen make this sauce in as many days – I must give it a try!

  44. Hotly Spiced says:

    We’re all fans of butter in this house. What a gorgeous looking pasta that’s so yummy and comforting and just the type where you go back into the kitchen for a second bowl. Happy New Year to you, Joanne and The Boy and I know 2014 will be a stellar year for both of xx

  45. Hello did I hear roasted butter AND garlic??
    Give this all to me.
    All of it.
    Oh gosh, this looks like a really gorgeous and delicious dish. I love it!
    Happy New Year Joanne! x

  46. *sob* this looks so deeeelicious, whyyy butter, why do you have to be sooo gooood!

  47. Megan says:

    This looks amazing. I can tell how crucial that butter is.

  48. oh yum. i’ve never seen butter thrown in with a tomato sauce in Italian cooking, looks fabulous. I am bookmarking this. So easy to make on a weeknight. The oven does all the work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. grace says:

    there’s nothing intimidating about this delicious recipe, joanne–that’s reason enough for me to love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Justin says:

    Joanne – after all these years, your content just gets better and better. You are amazingly prolific and delicious. My hat is off…

  51. This looks really yummy!! I don’t think I could ever give up butter.

  52. Reeni says:

    Sometimes I get mad cravings for bucatini! There’s so much more to them than spaghetti. Lovin the buttery sauce too!

  53. Great dish, we make this very similar, only no butter just lots of olive oil. Yummy!

  54. Deborah says:

    I’m pretty sure I could never give up butter or carbs. Bring it on!! But I’m sad because I have never been able to find bucatini here. I will keep looking and find it if it kills me!!

  55. I have made a butter tomato sauce on the stove, but this version is so much better/easier! Also, I <3 bucatini ๐Ÿ™‚

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