Garlic Butter and Burst Tomato Spaghetti with Fresh Herbs
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Garlic Butter and Burst Tomato Spaghetti with Fresh Herbs

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking


  • 4 oz spaghetti (reserve 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water before draining)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, or more if desired
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • Parmesan, freshly grated, to taste


  • Cook the spaghetti in salted boiling water per package instructions; drain pasta making sure to reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
  • Meanwhile, heat the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add the tomatoes and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until tomatoes are nearly ready to burst, about 5-6 minutes. 
  • Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Turn off the heat.
  • Add the drained spaghetti to the skillet along with some of the reserved pasta water, as needed. 
  • Add the fresh parsley & basil then season well with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; toss until evenly coated. 
  • Pour into a serving bowl and serve with lots of freshly grated Parmesan on the side. Serve immediately. Enjoy.