16 Sauce Recipes You Need to Know How to Make

POSTED October 22, 2019

In Italian cooking, sauces are where it’s at.

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.

Butter and Oil Sauces

Meat Sauces

Recipe: Bolognese Sauce
Recipe: Sunday Sauce
Recipe: Genovese Rigatoni

Tomato Sauces

Recipe: Homemade Spaghetti Pomodoro
Recipe: Homemade Vodka Sauce
Recipe: Skinny Creamy San Marzano Tomato Sauce

Vegetable, Herb or Nut Sauces

Easy Pesto Linguine
Recipe: Pesto alla Genovese – Classic Homemade Pesto
Recipe: Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Sauce
Recipe: Flank Steak with Italian Green Sauce

Need some more inspiration? Check our gallery of recipes!