Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

by Marija Petrovic | 19/02/2014 00:53

yield
Makes 4 servings

active time
20 minutes

total time
1 hour
Roasting intensifies the flavor of canned tomatoes.
Ingredients

1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
8 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed
2 anchovy fillets packed in oil
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes plus more for serving
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
12 ounces bucatini or spaghetti
Finely grated Parmesan (for serving)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine tomatoes (crushing them with your hands), garlic, anchovies, butter, and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes in a 13×9″ baking dish; season with salt and black pepper. Roast, tossing halfway through, until garlic is very soft and mixture is jammy, 35–40 minutes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash to break up garlic and tomatoes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Return pasta to pot and add tomato sauce and pasta cooking liquid. Cook over medium-high heat, tossing until sauce coats pasta, about 3 minutes. Serve topped with Parmesan and more red pepper flakes.

DO AHEAD: Tomato sauce can be made 4 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Reheat before mixing with pasta.

3 More Ideas For…Roasted Tomato Sauce

You may never stir again once you’ve given this low-maintenance tomato sauce a try. Roasting coaxes depth from canned tomatoes, instilling a long-cooked flavor. A generous amount of garlic and anchovies adds even more character. Here are other ways to use the wonderful sauce beyond pasta:

Tomato Soup Purée with vegetable or chicken stock and a splash of cream for a warming bowl.

Omelet Fold a spoonful inside an omelet along with pieces of smoked mozzarella.

Pizza It is tomato sauce, after all. Spread it on pizza dough and shower with Parmesan. Bake and top with more anchovies, parsley, and lemon zest.

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