A burst tomato sauce heats the tomatoes just enough so they simply “burst” and release their juices to create a natural sauce. They are great on fish, with pasta and so much more. This one looks like noodle and tomatoes, but I promise that it tastes like so much more than that.

I have made countless burst tomato sauces, but for this one, I changed up the method and undercooked the pasta by quite a bit. I added more liquid that would be absorbed into the pasta with all of the flavor that go with it. It is totally bursting with flavor, and that flavor is inside the pasta, rather than just the sauce.

The extra liquid added includes wine and chicken bone broth, which are sucked up by the undercooked noodles. It’s really important to undercook the pasta by quite a bit. I undercooked mine by 3 minutes from the directions on the pasta box. The pasta will finish cooking when you add it to the pan.

This end result is a surprisingly creamy texture that is similar to a Carbonara, but with the taste of bright tomatoes and fresh basil.

This burst tomato pasta is super simple, quick and a really delicious dish.

Burst Tomato Pasta ingredients

I had a chance to try out the new Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth, and it is absolutely delicious. It can totally be sipped on its own as a nutritious meal, but it is really great in a dish like this because it packs in extra protein and nutrition. I’m really particular about the broth that I use, because it has a huge effect on the final taste of your dish. This stuff really tastes like homemade chicken bone broth, and not just like salt water. You can read more and order some for yourself over at KettleandFire.com.

Burst Tomato Pasta vertical in pan

You might be asking why all of the tomatoes aren’t “bursted.” It’s not an accident. When all of the tomatoes burst, some of them can really deflate into nothing. I prefer to burst some of them, and leave others whole for a mix of textures, while still giving the sauce flavor. There’s something really fun about taking a bite of a tomato that explodes with bright flavor.

Burst Tomato Pasta Closeup vertical
Burst Tomato Pasta with White Wine

Burst Tomato Pasta

5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 8 oz thick spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced very thin
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken bone broth (such as Kettle & Fire) or vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Fresh basil, torn


  • Cook the pasta in heavily salted water for 3 minutes under al dente from what the instructions on the box specify. Drain the pasta once it is cooked.
  • Heat olive oil in a 10″ skillet over medium heat and add the sliced garlic before the oil gets hot. Cook for 2-3 minutes. This will infuse the olive oil with the garlic flavor without burning the garlic. 
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, and increase the heat to medium-high.
  • Cook for about 4 minutes until the tomatoes start to burst. I prefer not to burst all tomatoes to give a mix of textures.
  • Add white wine and reduce it down by about half.
  • Add chicken bone broth and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the cooked pasta and swirl it with the liquid using tongs or a spatula. Season at this point with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is al dente.
  • Add the butter and swirl until it is melted.
  • Remove from heat and add the grated Parmesan and torn basil.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a great, and simple, recipe I made for the family. I used the oven for the ‘bursting step at 400 degrees. Thank you, Justin, your recipes are as great as ever!

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds so good, I’ve been craving pasta. I would’ve never thought to add bone broth to this (& I’m picky too about bone broth- some just taste terrible or bland-so I’ll have to give this brand a try)! Nice post/recipe!