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20 Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipes

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Don’t have pasta sauce in your pantry? You can make some with these 20 homemade pasta sauce recipes. Most of these recipes are quick and easy. Many can be made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, and there’s even a recipe for the air fryer!

Southern Spaghetti Sauce
This perfect southern spaghetti sauce recipe is a savory and rich thick spaghetti meat sauce filled with aromatics, spices and herbs ready to devour over pastas or in baked dishes!
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Quick and Easy Spicy Marinara Sauce
Just 7 ingredients and less than 30 minutes gets this tomato sauce with a kick on your table. Pair it with pasta or zoodles for a quick weeknight dinner.
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Marinara sauce topped with fresh basil in a bowl
Sunday Sauce
The secret to a perfect Sunday sauce is to cook it low and slow for several hours. No rush and little fuss. It’s worth every minute.
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Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce
Prefect for a weeknight dinner, this sauce is done in 20 minutes.
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Tomato sauce in jar
Italian Bechamel Sauce
Bechamel Sauce, a creamy white sauce that is made with butter, flour and milk. The sauce is used for binding various pastas and vegetables based dishes, and also used as topping in baked lasagna and cannoli. Bechamel Sauce has its origin in Italy but the sauce become popular as the French sauce.
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Easy Classic Marinara Sauce
So simple, fast, delicious, and loaded with fresh flavors, this marinara sauce is perfect for quick and easy pasta dinners, as a zesty pizza sauce, even as a dip for mozzarella sticks and garlic bread.
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Keto Pizza Sauce {Instant Pot}
Herbaceous and thick, this keto pizza sauce is the only pizza sauce you need! Save your money and made it from scratch instead of buying over-priced commercial jars. This sauce also freezes well!
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Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
Easy homemade marinara sauce made in a slow cooker. This recipe is great to make in large batches and always kept on hand (it freezes well) for a quick weekday dinner.
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Marinara sauce topped with basil in a bowl next to a wooden spoon. In the background, there is a plate of spaghetti.
Homemade Vodka Sauce
This homemade vodka sauce is rich, creamy, and made with canned whole tomatoes so you can easily have this year-round.
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Jar of vodka sauce in front of a towel. Lid is in front of the jar and has fresh basil on top.
Pizza Sauce {Vegan}
This pizza sauce is made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil. I feel homemade sauces are always better and in terms of taste and flavor, beat any store-bought sauce hands down.
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Tomato sauce in a bowl
Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce
When you want something quick and simple for dinner, this easy tomato pasta sauce stirred through some spaghetti is about as simple as it gets. No need for any extra ingredients, although a little parmesan and black pepper on top goes a long way.
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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce
This instant pot spaghetti sauce is delicious and comforting. It’s easy and can be on the table and in your family’s bellies in less than an hour.
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Weeknight Dinner Ragu With Veggies {Slow Cooker or Instant Pot}
Weekday ragù with veggies is packed with tons of vegetables and flavor! It’s perfect for busy days and picky-eaters! Make in either the slow cooker or in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight dinner!
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Instant Pot Marinara Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes {Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low Carb}
Instant Pot marinara sauce is an easy marinara sauce recipe that is a must have in every kitchen. Made with only fresh tomatoes, minus all artificial ingredients and sugar. Perfect for any Italian meal, pizza, pasta or even soups this marinara sauce will soon replace the store bough jarred sauce.
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Bowl of marinara sauce topped with fresh basil next to a bunch of tomatoes on the vine
Easy Bolognese Sauce {Instant Pot or Stovetop}
Chunky, meaty, full of vegetables, this delicious and slightly non-traditional Bolognese sauce elevates an everyday pasta dinner to a ‘feast’. Ground meat, carrots, celery, onions and tomato get transformed in to a flavorful ‘alcohol-free’ sauce in this easy pressure cooker or stovetop recipe.
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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
A healthy carbonara, butternut squash pasta sauce recipe. It is so creamy, rich and tasty! The hearty pasta sauce is loaded with herby flavors. It’s easy and quick to make!
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Pasta with butternut squash sauce
Red Wine Pasta Sauce
This red wine pasta sauce is full of robust flavors, making this sauce a meal in itself! This simple 10 ingredient sauce will have you swearing off canned sauce for good! Bold red wine, Italian herbs, and a pinch of honey makes this sauce an absolute hit!
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Homemade Pesto
Homemade pesto is an easy recipe to make with fresh basil. Fresh garlic adds a zesty flavor.
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Oven or Air Fryer Easy Pasta Sauce {Vegan, Gluten-Free}
Your whole family will love this easy pasta sauce made from ripe juicy tomatoes. Even better, this flavorful pasta sauce cooks in just 20 minutes, keeps well in the refrigerator and is a great freezer staple. This easy pasta sauce is ideal for make-ahead meal prep and freezing.
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Rocket Pesto (Arugula)
Homemade pesto always tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the shops. This Rocket Pesto – also known as Arugula Pesto is the US – is peppery take on the Italian Classic. Fresher and bursting with flavor from the herbs, it adds so much to most dishes. You can pair it with pasta, meat, fish, veggies, use it as a salad dressing, it’s so versatile! And the best thing is that it takes minutes to whip up in a food processor. All you need is 6 simple ingredients and 5 minutes of your time.
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20 Homemade Pasta Sauce Recipes

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