Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 8 mins

My grandmother started making this dish for us when we were kids. That was quite a few years ago! She once commented that she must have made a dump truck full of macaroni for us. I still make this -- it's comfort food for me. This is a very butter/tomatoey dish. It's not spicy and meant to be bland so that the creaminess of the butter, the tang of the tomatoes and the flavor of the pasta shine.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups prepared pasta (I prefer egg noodles or elbows)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (you can use whole tomatoes as well and just moosh them up)
  • 2 -3 tablespoons butter
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Prepare the pasta according to pacakge directions and drain well.
  2. While the pasta is draining, melt the butter in the pasta pot.
  3. Add the pasta back to the pot, mix well.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, mix well and serve.
Most Helpful

A nice quick and simple recipe. I add a little bit of Dashida (an asian beef soup stock), Garlic Powder, Pepper, Sugar, and a few dashes of hot sauce for spice. Just not too much of everything, just enough to give it a little something. Next time, I will add onions.

Timmers February 08, 2011

My Grandmother in law used to make this all the time too. She always served it with "smokies" (smoked sausages) Brings back fond memories of Nana! Thanks for posting.

Hag chef May 13, 2010

Being from the South, we use bacon grease instead of butter. Try it!! :-)

Short Order Southern July 20, 2009