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Perfect Creamy Tomato Sauce

Perfect Creamy Tomato Sauce

  • Author: Haley
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


We all need a go-to pasta sauce in our arsenal, and this one is it for me. This perfect creamy tomato sauce is just that - perfect. It's an incredibly easy sauce to make with plenty of shallots and garlic, a little spice from red pepper flakes, tomato paste for that easy delicious concentrated flavor, and of course heavy cream. A weekly staple sauce that comes together in no more than 15 minutes.


  • 1 lb dry pasta of your choice 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Ricotta or parmesan cheese to serve


  1. In your stock/pasta pot, bring heavily salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. To your sauté pot over medium heat, add 1 tbsp unsalted butter and 1 tbsp olive oil. Sauté for 3 minutes until the shallots are starting to get translucent and all is very fragrant.
  3. To the garlic and shallots, add the red pepper flakes, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Mix those together and cook for 2-3 minutes to caramelize the tomato paste.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the heavy cream until smooth. Let it come up to a slight simmer, then add the pasta right in (it's ok if some pasta water gets in there).
  5. You can serve as is or with dollops or ricotta cheese or a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.