Pasta Sauce Recipes

Top pasta sauce recipes. Find Italian meat sauce, vegetarian sauce, cream sauces, and more. Plus photos and videos help you make ‘em right.

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Classic Alfredo Sauce

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A satisfying sauce you can use on any type of pasta - dry or fresh.

Best Marinara

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This is the absolute best recipe to use on tomatoes! I haven't tried it on spaghetti, but I recommend rotini or fusili. This is a marinara sauce, but better! Even my picky little sister loved it!

Wedding Gift Spaghetti Sauce

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This recipe was given to me as part of a wedding gift recipe collection from a very dear friend. It is rich, aromatic, flavorful and makes A LOT. So please grab the biggest pot you can find. I mean REALLY BIG. Extra sauce freezes well for future pasta dishes.

Vodka Sauce

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This is a great recipe for those who love spicy food. If not, simply omit the crushed red pepper. This recipe will have your family eating the leftovers out of the refrigerator. A piece of advice: use the best vodka you can - it really makes a big difference! Serve with pasta, and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

Salsa di Noci

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A local chef in Cinque Terre prepared this dish for us using the herbs we'd picked only moments before. 15 years after trying the dish for the first time, we still make it at home often.

Spinach Basil Pesto

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This sauce is perfect for freezing in an ice cube tray. I just pop out a couple of cubes from the freezer and add to a pasta dish for a quick and easy meal. The Parmesan cheese can be omitted and added after thawing. Pour any pesto you aren't using immediately into an ice cube tray, cover with plastic wrap, and store in freezer.

Meat Gravy

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This recipe is a family tradition. It has been handed down from generation to generation but never written down. There are things I'd like to explain before starting: some of the meats I use are interchangeable. The whole idea of a meat gravy is the different combination of meats, not the exact meats themselves. The two basic meats are pork and beef; some like to add veal, but I don't. Many in my family add their own third meat: some use poultry, mine is lamb. Some in our family only use beef and pork but I find it less tasty. Serve the sauce over your favorite pasta with grated cheese; I recommend Locatelli® Pecorino Romano. I also add meatballs and braciole to the sauce; see links below for those recipes.

The Best Clam Sauce

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I cannot order better white clam sauce in a restaurant. My boyfriend begs me to make this! Thanks Mom! Serve this dish with fresh garlic bread and a nice white wine. I promise this is a keeper and you won't like any other white clam sauce!

Alfredo Sauce

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

Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

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Made with fresh tomatoes! Wonderful taste. Serve over spaghetti noodles and add grated Parmesan cheese as desired.

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

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

Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

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This recipe has been handed down from my mother. It is a family favorite and will not be replaced! (Definite husband pleaser!)

Inspiration and Ideas

Alfredo Sauce

"Delicious and easy alfredo sauce which is ready in a little under 15 minutes!" – Ariela

Spinach-Basil Pesto Sauce

"Perfection! My family loves pesto and I usually buy the kind in a jar. What a difference fresh ingredients make!" – mrob80

Easy Keto Alfredo Sauce

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Treat yourself and guests to creamy homemade Alfredo sauce with this easy recipe. This sauce pairs well with pasta or zoodles (spiralized zucchini). You can even add chicken or shrimp. Sauce will become very thick if stored in the refrigerator. Simply heat the sauce up for it to be pourable.