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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.