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How to Use Every Type of Pasta Sauce

Who doesn't love a good marinara, pesto or Alfredo? We show you how to make use of these pasta sauces—and we go wayyyy beyond just pasta.

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Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce is a pantry staple. Having a jar on hand ensures a good dinner is never far away. Pop open your favorite brand to make delicious suppers like this simple lasagna for two. And be sure to check out our Test Kitchen’s favorite brand for making these recipes.

Get our best recipes that start with a jar of marinara.

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Alfredo Sauce

Creamy Alfredo sauce is the base for so many good comfort foods. But don’t limit yourself to just fettuccine! A jar of Alfredo can make a fantastic French bread pizza and much more.

Get our best recipes that start with Alfredo sauce.

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Pesto

We love pesto because it combines the flavor of fresh herbs with the creaminess of parmesan and texture of pine nuts. It’s a great compliment to any pasta but it is just as welcome topping these lamb sliders and lots of other recipes.

Get our best recipes that start with pesto.

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Carbonara

A classic carbonara is made with bacon, egg yolks and plenty of Parmigiano-Reggiano. You’ve got to make this one fresh, but it’s a fun skill to master (and an even more delicious meal to eat).

Learn how to make an authentic pasta carbonara.

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Arrabbiata Sauce

Want to turn up the heat with your Italian cooking? Try arrabbiata sauce—a red sauce augmented by garlic and dried, red chili peppers.

Get our recipe.

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Vodka Sauce

Vodka sauce is a perfect blend of tomato sauce, cream and a hint of vodka. It’s a great option for when you want to switch up the routine from marinara but aren’t interested in something as heavy as an Alfredo. Add it into any of your favorite pasta dishes.

Get our recipe for homemade vodka sauce.

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Red Clam Sauce

Clam Sauce

Clam sauce is essentially a classic Italian red sauce with the addition of clams. This difference adds some brininess and extra flavor to a basic sauce. It’s delicious all year round but would work especially well during a Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Get our from-scratch recipe for clam sauce.

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Pizza Sauce

A casual pizza night is never far away with a good jar of pizza sauce in the cupboard. Our Test Kitchen uses a jar to make this homemade turkey sausage pizza, but this basic ingredient can get new life as a fun party dip, appetizer and much more.

Get our best recipes that start with pizza sauce.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.
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