True partners in deliciousness, pasta and sauce go together like… well, pasta and sauce. How can your authentic Italian Rigatoni or Penne Rigate truly shine in a drab and uninteresting sauce? From rich cream sauces and hearty ragús to herbaceous pestos and lighter oil sauces, there’s a recipe for every taste, every mood, every season. This is what makes pasta such a versatile meal.
We’ve put together 16 sauces that you absolutely need in your recipe box. These essential sauces are great for a number of occasions, pasta shapes and tastes. Whether you’re looking for a traditional slow-simmered Sunday Sauce like nonna used to make or a hearty meat sauce easy enough for weeknights, this roundup has it all.