Vegetarian Pasta Sauce Recipes

Pasta is a vegetarian staple, and for good reason: vary the sauce, and you have a completely different dish. Pesto and marinara are just the beginning. Browse our collection of over 80 vegetarian pasta sauces.

Staff Picks

Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Rating: 4.52 stars
313
A light and creamy sauce with puree of roasted red peppers as the base. It is excellent on any type of pasta, but tortellini or ravioli seems to be the best match. The prep time is rather long, but the result is definitely worth it. Freezes well. In fact, the taste may improve slightly.

Alfredo Sauce

Rating: 4.56 stars
3330
Rich and creamy! I have found that Parmesan cheese doesn't melt well, and often substitute Gruyere cheese.

Simple Marinara Sauce

Rating: 4.35 stars
65
This is a simple marinara sauce, good over any pasta or on lasagna.

Pesto with Arugula

Rating: 4.72 stars
44
This pesto is unique due to the arugula, which gives it a peppery bite. I also like the lack of cheese, but add it if you must. Use as a spread or on pasta. My favorite is on baguette slices or on whole wheat crackers. It's addictive!
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Grandma Maggio's Spaghetti Sauce

Rating: 4.74 stars
101
This is one that was recited to me out of memory alone, and described as a hand of garlic, etc., though the ingredient quantities should be accurate. I encourage buying the cheapest versions of these ingredients you can find; it will feed an army for about $15 without ruining the taste. You should add more seasonings based on preference. A great vegetarian sauce, and with meatballs...it makes great meatball sandwiches.

Puttanesca II

Rating: 3.33 stars
2
A good friend gave me this recipe and I've since found it to be so tasty and best of all, easy! My family loves it and it doesn't take long to make at all! It's perfect over angel hair pasta with garlic bread on the side! Double the recipe for larger parties or just for leftovers!

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Rating: 4.62 stars
4333
I experimented with this until I found a quick, cheap, and easy Alfredo sauce combination -- the secret is cream cheese!

Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

Rating: 4.71 stars
86
Made with fresh tomatoes! Wonderful taste. Serve over spaghetti noodles and add grated Parmesan cheese as desired.

Easy Pizza Sauce I

Rating: 4.34 stars
431
A simple pizza sauce used by many pizzerias. The thickness of the sauce is regulated by the amount of water used; it should be somewhat viscous.

Best Marinara Sauce Yet

Rating: 4.67 stars
1611
This is a very easy homemade red sauce, and the only one my 5 year old daughter will eat! Serve with your favorite pasta.

Garlic Butter Sauce I

Rating: 4.19 stars
188
A rich, buttery sauce for pasta with herbs and garlic. Great with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese. Try serving it over your favorite pasta. Easy to double or triple.

Arrabbiata Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars
323
Spicy and delicious. Ideal on penne pasta.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Spaghetti Sauce II

Rating: Unrated
331
"I did not know that a homemade spaghetti sauce could be this easy. I don't think I'll be using the store-bought stuff again!" – JERIESHA

Chef John's Proper Pesto

Rating: Unrated
48
See how to make this extraordinary basil pesto sauce.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Rating: 3.99 stars
59

Homemade Italian spaghetti sauce from an Italian family. The longer you cook it the better it tastes.