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Tomato Butter Sauce in pan with spoon.

Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup sauce 1x


Basic Garlic Butter Tomato sauce made with cherry tomatoes, garlic, balsamic, and butter. SO simple, good on everything.


  • 2-ish cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt to taste


  1. Place the tomatoes in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat with NO OIL IN THE PAN. We are trying to blister the outsides of the skins a little bit here.
  2. Once the skins get a little blistered and the tomatoes are looking soft, turn the heat down to avoid lots of splatter, and add the olive oil and garlic. Be careful not to brown the garlic.
  3. Press the tomatoes gently with the back of a wooden spoon so they break open and release their juices. Add the balsamic and let the whole mixture reduce until it’s thickened a bit, maybe 5-10 minutes.
  4. Finish with the knob of butter and season with salt to taste.


If you want a thinner sauce to go on pasta, add 1/2 cup or so of water just after adding the balsamic and just let it cook down a bit.

Fresh basil would be a good decision.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: garlic butter tomato sauce, butter tomato sauce, garlic butter sauce