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.

Staff Picks

Classic Alfredo Sauce

Rating: 4.6 stars
716
A satisfying sauce you can use on any type of pasta - dry or fresh.

Best Marinara

Rating: 4.45 stars
60
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

Rating: 4.36 stars
175
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

Rating: 4.58 stars
104
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

Rating: 4.61 stars
12
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

Rating: 4.8 stars
379
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

Rating: 4.91 stars
11
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

Rating: 4.56 stars
222
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!

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Rating: 4.54 stars
2661
This is a recipe I got from my mother years ago -- it's great.

Arrabbiata Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars
330
Spicy and delicious. Ideal on penne pasta.

Easy Pizza Sauce I

Rating: 4.34 stars
438
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.

The Best Thai Peanut Sauce

Rating: 3.97 stars
219
This easy no-cook peanut sauce has a terrific authentic Thai taste. It is spicy and peanutty, and is perfect as a dipping sauce for chicken, shrimp, and beef...or even to use tossed with warm cooked noodles for a quick pasta dish.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Alfredo Sauce

Rating: Unrated
3480
"Delicious and easy alfredo sauce which is ready in a little under 15 minutes!" – Ariela

Spinach-Basil Pesto Sauce

Rating: Unrated
383
"Perfection! My family loves pesto and I usually buy the kind in a jar. What a difference fresh ingredients make!" – mrob80

Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Rating: 4.29 stars
71

This is a great quick and easy recipe that your family will love! You may add more Parmesan, garlic, and salt to taste. You can easily add anything you like (i.e. grilled shrimp, chicken, etc.). I also love pouring this sauce over pasta with sauteed peppers.