Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce

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You’re only six ingredients and 25 minutes away from the ultimate recipe for Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce.

Top down view of quick cherry tomato pasta sauce over orecchiette

When it comes to comfort foods, it doesn’t get much better than a big ol’ bowl of pasta. While I’m all for the slowly simmered sauces and the herb-packed perfection that is pesto, sometimes you’ve got to just strip out all the time and extra ingredients to showcase pasta sauce for what it really can be: an incredibly quick and easy recipe that’s not only a sauce, but also a spread, a dip, a condiment and more.

So let’s take out all the excessive ingredients and the lengthy process and get you well on your way to the greatest cherry tomato pasta sauce to ever hit your lips.

Sliced cherry tomatoes on cutting board next to sharp knife

No surprise here, but the star of the show is none other than cherry tomatoes. These little jewels are bursting with sweet flavor year-round and come in dozens of flavors and nearly every color of the rainbow.

Sliced cherry tomatoes in large skillet with butter

I’ve kept it simple with the classic cherry tomato variety, but the golden and heirloom varieties would also work great. Best of all, you can grab a pack of two of these bite-sized beauties 365 days a year at all major grocery stores so Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce is an option through all four seasons.

Wooden spoon in large skillet with cooked down tomatoes

When it comes to the consistency of the sauce, our goal is jammy and thick. And believe it or not, you’ll get there in less than 25 minutes. A little garlic sweetens the deal while my not-so-secret ingredient (wine! wine! wine!) lends that simmered-all-day taste.

Easy cherry tomato sauce over orecchiette pasta

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Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce

All you need is six simple ingredients and 25 minutes for this Quick Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce perfect for tossing with your favorite noodles.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 6 votes
Top down view of quick cherry tomato pasta sauce over orecchiette
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar


  • Add the butter to a large skillet set over medium-low heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the cherry tomatoes, plus a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the tomatoes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to burst, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and simmer, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet until the liquid has reduced and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the basil and sugar then taste and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Serve.
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Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 521mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 1347IU, Vitamin C: 52mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 2mg


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  1. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious. Need something quick. But will the tomatoes still burst even after halving them, as the ingredients list says? What is the total cooking time for the tomatoes? I don’t want bitterness.

    1. Hi Susan – Halving the tomatoes helps them cook more quickly, and yes, they will still burst (the skins will wrinkle and their juices will be released). I give the cooking time within the recipe instructions. :)

    1. 5 stars
      Loved this recipe. So easy and so good. I didn’t have fresh Basil but I added dried and Italian seasoning at the end. I had an abundance of cherry tomatoes so I made several batches to freeze. I had one batch with pasta and shrimp. It was the perfect pairing. Great with a glass of the wine too.

  2. 5 stars
    I wanted a quick sauce but didn’t want to use jar sauce and I didn’t have any other tomatoes. Great easy, quick recipe!!

    I didn’t have white wine so I used balsamic vinegar instead. Same concept I thought, and it was delicious!! I also used a potato masher just to ensure the tomato pieces were small, which I prefer.

  3. The recipe says to cook the tomatoes until they begin to burst. How do they burst if they have already been halved?

    1. Hi Barbara! The skins will burst. Halving the tomatoes allows them to cook more quickly, and integrates the tomato bits more evenly throughout the pasta so you get some in every bite. :)

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this awesome dish. The sweetness gave it a wonderful flavor. I topped this dish with jumbo shrimp. Thank you for posting this recipe. A keeper.

    1. Hi Barbara! I’d recommend a crisp, dry white wine such as a sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.