Pasta Sauce Recipes

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Pasta or spaghetti is enhanced by the addition of a creamy or savory sauce. Alfredo and marinara are the most familiar sauces but there are many variations.


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This is a multi use pasta sauce made from tomatoes frozen from my garden bounty. Economical, easy to make, and more flavorful than store bought. I remove seeds from my tomatoes before freezing for smoother sauce.


  • 1 gallon frozen tomatoes (or 4 large cans crushed tomatoes)
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. basil
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • Seasonings can be adjusted to suit taste


Thaw tomatoes, puree in blender. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until crisp tender. Using a large dutch oven saucepot, add tomatoes, seasonings and sauteed garlic and onions. Heat on medium to boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for at least 2-3 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.


At this point, if thicker consistency is desired, remove lid and up heat to medium , stirring until more liquid is absorbed. The longer this simmers the better it is.

When done you can either jar into quarts and process according to jar manufacturer directions, or let cool completely and ladle into quart freezer bags and freeze.

Add hamburger or other meats to sauce before serving. Great on any pasta dish!

Servings: 12 -1 cup servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes Minutes
Cooking Time: 3 Hours

By Cheryl from Trinity, NC

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I stumbled across this recipe when sauteing onions for a tomato-based sauce. It tasted so good, I left the tomatoes out! Long, slow cooking brings out the sweetness of the onions.


  • 5 cups mild, sweet onions (I used Vidalias)
  • 3 medium to large carrots
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. fettuccine noodles, cooked according to label, nice and hot
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped, fresh parsley


Peel the onions. Slice into quarters, then slice each quarter about 1/2 inch thick. Slice the carrots into 1/3 inch coins. Add butter and olive oil to a large skillet and melt. Add the veggies on medium heat until they start cooking, then reduce to medium-low. Stir frequently; you want them to cook down until they are soft, without browning. When they are getting pretty soft, add the chicken broth, preferably home made (Better Than Bouillon, in a jar, makes a really good substitute for broth, much better and less salty than cubes).


Add the tarragon, thyme, and pepper (or your favorite seasonings). Put the lid on, and simmer gently until the onions are very soft, stirring occasionally. When the pasta is done, stir in the cheese. Sprinkle the parsley over top. Serve over noodles with crusty bread or as a side dish.

Servings: 4 dinner servings, 8 for a side-dish
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 = 40 Minutes

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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Never buy prepared pasta sauce! They are expensive, very loaded with unhealthy items, and very bland. You always have to add extras to make it taste like "your own". So why pay $3-5 for a jar of tomato product?

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June 27, 2011

This page contains tips and recipes for making spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes.

Photo of a pan with homemade spaghetti sauce in it.

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May 30, 2020

Try this simple to prepare vegan pasta sauce which uses a plant based meat substitute. For a non vegan version ground meat can be used, but will need to be cooked first. The recipe follows.

Vegan Pasta Sauce

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October 2, 2019

Pasta sauces come in all flavors and ingredient combinations. If you are looking for one containing meat give one of these a try.

A macaroni dish with a hearty meat sauce.

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September 19, 2011

Alfredo sauce is a favorite non tomato based sauce for pasta. It's rich creamy texture and flavor make it a excellent Italian style sauce when served alone or with additions such as chicken, seafood, or vegetables.


This page contains recipes for homemade Alfredo sauce.

Fettuccine Alfredo on a blue and white plate.

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