Tomato Cream Sauce

Farfalle in a tomato cream sauce
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  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: About 2 pints (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
96 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 2 pints (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 96
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 2g
Calcium 36mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple tomato cream sauce is perfect for any kind of pasta. The recipe calls for one 28-ounce can of whole tomatoes, but you could substitute crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, or tomato purée.


  • 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes (with liquid)
  • 2 oz butter (1/2 stick)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 1/2 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the butter for a minute over medium heat.

  2. Add the onions and carrots, and sauté for a bit until the onions are translucent but not brown.

  3. Add the tomatoes and the garlic. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 30 to 45 minutes, uncovered, until the sauce is slightly reduced. If you like, you can use a wooden spoon to break up the whole tomatoes while the sauce simmers.

  4. Remove from heat, and pass through a food mill, or purée in a food processor until smooth, working in batches if necessary.

  5. Return the sauce to the pot, add the cream, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

  6. Season to taste with Kosher salt and sugar, and serve right away.


  • If you prefer your tomato cream sauce a little chunkier, reserve some of the non-pureed sauce to mix in before serving.