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: 4.5 stars 415
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: 4.5 stars 4678
This creamy Alfredo sauce turns a busy weeknight dinner into something special. Serve it with fettuccine or pour it over chicken breasts or steamed vegetables.

Simple Marinara Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 83
This is a simple marinara sauce, good over any pasta or on lasagna.

Pesto with Arugula

Rating: 4.5 stars 59
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: 4.5 stars 139
This Italian tomato sauce from Grandma is one that was recited to me, from memory alone, and used descriptions like "a hand of garlic," though the quantities listed now 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, or with meatballs, makes great meatball sandwiches.

Puttanesca II

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
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!

Best Marinara Sauce Yet

Rating: 4.5 stars 2165
Homemade marinara sauce slow-simmered with garlic, white wine, and onion.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 331
A rich and flavorful sauce made with fresh tomatoes, red wine, and basil.

Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 582
Easy, no-cook sauce made with tomato paste, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.

Arrabbiata Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 475
A sizeable jolt of crushed red pepper revs up the heat in this pasta sauce!

Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 194
Tomato basil sauce made with fresh basil. A late summer delight!

Quick Pasta Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 115
Quick and easy pasta sauce made with crushed tomatoes, garlic, and basil.

Inspiration and Ideas

Spaghetti Sauce II
Rating: Unrated 421
"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 67
See how to make this extraordinary basil pesto sauce.
Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce
Rating: 4.5 stars 124

This easy homemade Alfredo sauce with mushroom pairs perfectly with pasta.