Marcella Hazan's Tomato Butter Pasta

// Marcella Hazan's Tomato Butter Pasta

Prep Time

7 mins

Cook Time

14-15 mins

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Whip up our version of Marcella Hazan's famed Tomato Butter Pasta with ease using the microwave! This one-pot wonder combines tomatoes, butter, and onions in a delicate ratio to create a velvety and delicious sauce. Want to take it to the next level? Customize it with your favorite add-ins like chicken or shrimp.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 4 oz (115g) linguini pasta, broken in half
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup (60g) onion, diced
  • cups (300ml) water
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (180ml) crushed tomatoes or puree
  • Fresh basil, for garnish (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. Break the pasta in half (sorry, Italy) and place it along with the water in the Anyday dish, ensuring the water covers the pasta completely. Gently stir the pasta in the water to prevent the noodles from sticking together as they cook.
  2. Add salt, butter, and onion on top.
  3. Cook in the microwave uncovered for 14-15 minutes, or until the pasta is slightly al dente. There will be a small amount of water left in the dish — toss pasta vigorously with tongs and do not drain excess water.
  4. Stir in the tomato sauce, and heat up covered for 1-2 minutes if needed. Garnish with basil and serve with parmesan cheese.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add canned peppers and artichoke hearts for a delicious dish.
  • Serve alongside chicken cutlets, meatballs, or short ribs.
  • Add cayenne or chili flakes for a spicy twist.
  • Add a dollop of ricotta or burrata on top of each serving.

Recipe notes

  • While we love Marcella Hazan’s original recipe, we found that cooking tomatoes with butter and onions in the first round of cooking resulted in a loud popping sound. When making it in the microwave, we do recommend adding the sauce at the end to finish the dish.
  • This recipe works well with gluten-free pasta as well as short pasta such as rigatoni or penne.
  • If the water overflows, you can switch to a Large Deep or Extra Large, or reduce to Power Level 8 and then continue cooking.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.