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18 Delicious & Savory Pasta Sauces You'll Want to Slather Over Every Meal

FEBRUARY 20, 2023
18 Delicious & Savory Pasta Sauces You'll Want to Slather Over Every Meal
There's really nothing quite like pasta with a delicious, savory sauce. All it takes is a few simple ingredients to transform this timeless dish into something extraordinary. We've curated the most delectable and hearty sauces that are sure to satisfy your cravings. From zesty tomato to savory pesto, you'll find something to please everyone’s taste buds. Not to mention all the time and money you’ll save when you skip store-bought sauces. With these recipes, you can get creative with your ingredients and make your own unique sauce that truly stands out. So don’t let dinner be a bore — whip up one of these 18 delicious pasta sauces and get ready to indulge in a hearty and flavorful meal that takes no time to prepare!
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Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce

This quick and easy tomato cream sauce for pasta is made with… drumroll please…. coconut milk! Canned tomatoes and tomato paste combine with a splash of coconut milk to create the most satisfying, creamy and comforting dairy-free pasta sauce.
3
89
25 min
TOTAL TIME
103
CALORIES
$0.34
PER SERVING
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Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce
Epicurious

Pasta with 15-Minute Ham, Pea, and Cream Sauce

Grated lemon zest gives this creamy classic a hit of bright flavor and a little added flair.
2,037
125
35 min
TOTAL TIME
844
CALORIES
$1.97
PER SERVING
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Pasta with 15-Minute Ham, Pea, and Cream Sauce
The Rustic Foodie

Green Pasta Sauce

This vegetarian Green Pasta Sauce recipe is fresh and healthy. It's made with spinach, garlic, lemon, Parmesan and like pesto without nuts!
40 min
TOTAL TIME
313
CALORIES
$1.16
PER SERVING
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Green Pasta Sauce
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Domestic Gothess

Tofu Tomato Pasta Sauce

Tofu tomato pasta sauce - this easy vegan pasta sauce is creamy and delicious but low in fat, all thanks to the addition of silken tofu. It is also a great way of sneaking some vegetables and protein into your pasta sauce! It freezes well so whip up a big batch for quick, make-ahead meals.
2
902
1
1 hr
TOTAL TIME
213
CALORIES
$1.44
PER SERVING
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Tofu Tomato Pasta Sauce
Spend with Pennies

Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce

Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce is super easy to make with simple ingredients. It's creamy, cheesy, & perfect served over pasta!
17
26
15 min
TOTAL TIME
365
CALORIES
$1.01
PER SERVING
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Cream Cheese Pasta Sauce
The Spruce Eats

Quick Tomato Ragu Pasta Sauce

This delicious yet quick ragu is a simplified version of classic tomato meat pasta sauce so many of us love.
19
1
55 min
TOTAL TIME
164
CALORIES
$0.76
PER SERVING
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Quick Tomato Ragu Pasta Sauce
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Cooklist AI

Creamy Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce

Elevate your pasta dishes with this rich and creamy tomato and basil sauce, made with a combination of fresh and dried herbs, and a touch of Parmesan cheese for extra richness. Homemade, yet easy to prepare, this sauce will become your go-to for delicious pasta meals.
4
23 min
TOTAL TIME
211
CALORIES
$0.64
PER SERVING
Creamy Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce
Directions
6 STEPS
1
In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and saute until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
2
Add the can of Italian-style diced tomatoes (with their juice), chopped fresh basil, dried basil, white sugar, dried oregano, salt, and ground black pepper to the saucepan. Stir to combine.
3
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly and the flavors to meld.
4
After simmering, remove the saucepan from heat and carefully stir in the heavy cream, unsalted butter, and grated Parmesan cheese.
5
Return the saucepan to low heat, and allow the sauce to simmer for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed.
6
Serve the creamy tomato and basil sauce over your favorite cooked pasta, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.
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Pasta Based

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

Creamy vegan pasta sauce made from roasted red bell peppers. A great alternative to tomato-based sauces. Easy and simple recipe perfect for any kind of pasta. 
19
47,828
33
45 min
TOTAL TIME
384
CALORIES
$2.04
PER SERVING
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Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce
Julia's Album

Four Cheese Garlic White Cream Pasta Sauce

Simple ingredients, easy cooking instructions.  This Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Sauce uses the 4-cheese blend which includes Mozzarella, White Cheddar, Provolone, Asiago cheeses.  This white cheese creamy pasta can be served as is, as side dish, or with grilled meats and veggies.  Super versatile and e...
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153.2k
630.0
35 min
TOTAL TIME
617
CALORIES
$1.17
PER SERVING
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Four Cheese Garlic White Cream Pasta Sauce
My Pure Plants

Vegetable Pasta Sauce

This healthy vegetable sauce is loaded with SEVEN different veggies and blended into a creamy hidden veggie pasta sauce. It is so delicious and smooth. I guarantee you that even your picky eaters will lick the bowl. This is by far our daughters' favorite sauce for spaghetti.
14
542
11
30 min
TOTAL TIME
228
CALORIES
$0.92
PER SERVING
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Vegetable Pasta Sauce
The Cook Report

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Butternut squash pasta sauce is the perfect autumn comfort food recipe. This creamy vegetarian pasta sauce made from roasted squash is flavoured with fresh rosemary for a warming dinner.
10
35,735
85
1 hr
TOTAL TIME
602
CALORIES
$3.23
PER SERVING
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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
Caroline's Cooking

Leftover lamb pasta sauce with eggplant

Use up some leftover lamb in this tasty caponata-based sauce to go with pasta.
1
12
30 min
TOTAL TIME
304
CALORIES
$1.96
PER SERVING
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Leftover lamb pasta sauce with eggplant
Inside the Rustic Kitchen

Healthy Pesto Pasta Sauce With Cavolo Nero and Fusilli

Healthy pesto pasta sauce made with cavolo nero and giant fusilli pasta. It's a super easy, filling and healthy dinner recipe.
4
205
5
20 min
TOTAL TIME
345
CALORIES
$1.69
PER SERVING
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Healthy Pesto Pasta Sauce With Cavolo Nero and Fusilli
BBC

Tuna pasta sauce

Antonio Carluccio's not above an easy tuna pasta recipe. A store cupboard favourite with a twist of fresh ginger.
26
167
20
40 min
TOTAL TIME
635
CALORIES
$1.52
PER SERVING
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Tuna pasta sauce
Spoonful of Flavor

Easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Combine a few ingredients to create a creamy pumpkin sauce that you can mix together with your favorite pasta noodles!
2
272
4
20 min
TOTAL TIME
578
CALORIES
$1.08
PER SERVING
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Easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
Hello Spoonful

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

Feast your eyes on the best roasted red pepper sauce you have ever tasted! Perfect for a pasta or pizza topper!
996
CALORIES
$4.05
PER SERVING
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Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce
Bianca Zapatka

vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Sauce

This creamy vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Sauce is an amazing healthy alternative to traditional Béchamel or cheese sauce. It is gluten-free, low-fat, very delicious and easy to make in just 20 minutes! Perfect to serve with pasta, potatoes, vegetables or to use as a dip for nachos and tortillas!
6
343
34
20 min
TOTAL TIME
447
CALORIES
$2.40
PER SERVING
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vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Sauce
Skinny Spatula

Lemon Butter Garlic Pasta Sauce

This Lemon Butter Garlic Pasta Sauce is an easy and delicious twist on a classic Italian dish. Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, butter, and garlic, this sauce is sure to tantalize your taste buds and bring your favorite pasta dishes to life. With just a few simple ingredients and a few minute...
192
24
12
15 min
TOTAL TIME
440
CALORIES
$0.84
PER SERVING
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Lemon Butter Garlic Pasta Sauce
Veg Vegan Meat

Pasta Sauce

Pasta Sauce is a sweet, savory, and authentic Italian tomato-based condiment. It is prepared with olive oil, crushed tomato, carrot, onion, garlic, and other Italian herbs. This homemade Pasta Sauce is one of the easy-to-make vegan-friendly sauces that can be made in under 30 minutes. And it pairs g...
1
11
20 min
TOTAL TIME
280
CALORIES
$0.86
PER SERVING
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Pasta Sauce
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