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Comforting Pasta Sauces - 24 recipes

Pasta gets dressed up with a variety of sauces. From a classic alfredo sauce or bolognese, to a simple fresh marinara or Asian influenced peanut sauce. We've got a large selection of terrific pasta sauces to make your next pasta meal delicious.

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By lisapearce

Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (359 Votes)
Penne Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce 1 Picture
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Servings 4
Preparation time 15
Cooking time 30

  • 1 (8-ounce) package penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup whipping cream, not sweetened
  • 2 cups four cheeses blend, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Sun dried tomatoes give a lovely color to a traditional cheese sauce for pasta, and excellent flavor

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Chicken and bacon pasta with spinach and tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce is an easy dinner to make

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast, or tenders
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (thyme, oregano, basil - combined)
  • 5 medium tomatoes, chopped in large cubes
  • 1 cup cooked spinach
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups half and half
  • 1 1/3 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 10 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving
4.4/5 (26 Votes)

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Homemade pasta sauce that has a tomato base, with a hint of smokey flavor from the paprika and thickened with almon...

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 roasted red pepper, homemade or store bought, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds, almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pinch of red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
4.7/5 (20 Votes)

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Enjoy this simple creamy and delicious mushroom, onion and garlic sauce over any type of pasta, or even brown chick...

  • 1/2 pound mushrooms
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
4.6/5 (63 Votes)

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Yep, this is slow cooked for hours, just like Grandma's homemade pasta sauce

  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 6 ounces water
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar tomato puree
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
4.4/5 (53 Votes)

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A very rich and creamy Mushroom Pasta Sauce that is full of flavor

  • 1/2 pound mushrooms
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
4.6/5 (106 Votes)

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There's nothing subtle about this classic Alfredo sauce: heavy cream, butter, cream cheese, and Parmesan combine to...

  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 tablespoons. cream cheese
  • 1/2-3/4 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspooon garlic powder
4.3/5 (79 Votes)

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If you don't own a pressure cooker, this meatball with marinara recipe will still work in a slow cooker

  • MEATBALLS:
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated, 1/2 cup
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix, ground beef and pork combo
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • Sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (as a garnish)
4.6/5 (32 Votes)

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If you don't own a pressure cooker, I'm sure that this recipe can be adapted on a stove top

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 10 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced thin
  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, stemmed and slice thin
  • 10 ounces portobello mushroom caps, gills removed, caps halved and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2-cup)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
4.5/5 (33 Votes)

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Awesome! This Vegan Alfredo Sauce tastes just like the real deal without any dairy or cholesterol

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 ounces vegan cream cheese
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon white cooking wine
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil, for garnish
4.7/5 (20 Votes)

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I have been making this quick sauce for years, since I saw Tyler Florence making it on How to Boil Water

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (buy San Marzano if possible)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried*
  • 1 teaspoons basil, dried* or 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 whole bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
4.6/5 (23 Votes)

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Looking for a great Marinara Sauce? This awesome recipe courtesy of Ina Garten is a keeper, you’ll love it!

  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped (1 onion)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup good red wine, such as Chianti
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, or plum tomatoes in puree, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 pounds hot Italian or turkey sausage (optional)
4.5/5 (30 Votes)

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Skip the other recipes, this Asiago Garlic Alfredo Sauce is the recipe that you've been looking for

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan, Asiago and Romano cheese blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
  • fresh cracked pepper
4.4/5 (14 Votes)

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It doesn't get any easier than this! Four ingredients and ten minutes is all that is needed for this from scratch A...

  • 4 tablespoons butter (/2 stick)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
4.4/5 (12 Votes)

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This rich and hearty red sauce tastes like it's been cooked for hours, because it has

  • 4 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, preferably imported D.O.P. San Marzano tomatoes (see note above)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for finishing.
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium onion, split in half
  • 1 large stem fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley or basil leaves (or a mix of the two)
4.5/5 (15 Votes)

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