Pasta Sauces

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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Alfredo Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 4686
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.

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 3662
This is a recipe I got from my mother years ago -- it's great.

Spinach Basil Pesto

Rating: 5 stars 568
A tasty blend of spinach, basil, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan.

The Best Clam Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 297
Warm linguine pasta served with a simple, flavorful white wine clam sauce.

Best Marinara

Rating: 4.5 stars 77
Tomatoes simmered with onion, celery, garlic, parsley basil and oregano. A quick and simple sauce.

Wedding Gift Spaghetti Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 229
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: 4.5 stars 132
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.

Meat Gravy

Rating: 5 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.

Arrabbiata Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 474
Spicy and delicious. Ideal on penne pasta.

Easy Pizza Sauce I

Rating: 4.5 stars 575
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: 4 stars 279
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

Best Marinara Sauce Yet
Rating: Unrated 2167
"I made this last night, and I have to say it was one of the best sauces that I have made in years. No more store-bought sauces for us!" – JAN
Spinach-Basil Pesto Sauce
Rating: Unrated 565
"Perfection! My family loves pesto and I usually buy the kind in a jar. What a difference fresh ingredients make!" – mrob80