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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Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 5614
This quick and easy Alfredo sauce features cream cheese as its secret ingredient.
By DAWN CARTER

Alfredo Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 4458
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.
By Jeremy

Spinach Basil Pesto

Rating: 5 stars 554
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.

The Best Clam Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 289
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!

Best Marinara

Rating: 4.5 stars 76
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: 4.5 stars 224
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 130
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.
By RACQUELLE

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 Locatelliu0026reg; 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.
By Ellen

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.
By Frank Sweterlitsch

The Best Thai Peanut Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 276
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 2141
"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