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Top Go-to Pasta and Sauce Recipes

You have asked, and we have answered. Read on for our top Go-to pasta and sauce recipes. No matter the season or region, a perfect plate of pasta is one of life’s simple pleasures.

Whether you’re a classic or traditional recipe enthusiast, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Seafood lover, or a pasta connoisseur, we have something delicious for you to try as well as Tips, tricks, and How-tos for making your pasta and Sauce.

 

You asked, and we have answered. Read on for our top Go-to pasta and sauce recipes. No matter the season or region, a perfect plate of pasta is one of life's simple pleasures. Whether you're Vegan, Gluten-Free, a seafood lover, or a pasta connoisseur, we have something delicious for you to try as well as Tips, tricks, and How-tos for making your pasta and Sauce.

Pasta is one of the beloved foods of the world these days. Everyone has a different take on this amazing ingredient. I have rounded up several Top Go-to Pasta and Sauce Recipes from some of the best bloggers on the web in 2020. Pasta doesn’t have to be boring or dull. We are going to show you just how delicious and flavorful pasta recipes can be these days.

 

Pasta Sauces you’re going to love

You cannot go wrong choosing one of these remarkable tasting sauces, that are tried and true from some of my favorite bloggers on the web
[VEGAN- NF] Rich and creamy vegan vodka sauce is a favorite way to take your weekly pasta night up a few notches! This version is entirely nut-free! - Fried Dandelions

[VEGAN- NF] Rich and creamy vegan vodka sauce is an ideal way to take your weekly pasta night up a few notches! This version is entirely nut-free! – Fried Dandelions

[Vegan] Easy, beautiful, bright homemade pesto sauce with lots of fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and toasted nuts. What’s not to love about pesto? - Every Little Crumb

[Vegan] Easy, beautiful, bright homemade pesto sauce with lots of fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and toasted nuts. What’s not to love about pesto? – Every Little Crumb

 

Audrey Hepburn's Spaghetti al Pomodoro is simple to make yet a classic Italian pasta sauce that combines only the best organic ingredients with organic pasta. The flavor is outstanding and always gets rave reviews every time I make a batch of it. - The McCallum's Shamrock Patch

Audrey Hepburn’s Spaghetti al Pomodoro is simple to make yet a classic Italian pasta sauce that combines only the best organic ingredients with organic pasta. The flavor is outstanding and always gets rave reviews every time I make a batch of it. – The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch

 

 

Arrabbiata Sauce is an easy and delicious Italian pasta sauce made from simple ingredients, including olive oil, garlic, dried red chili flakes, and tomatoes. Enjoy this irresistible, homemade Arrabbiata Recipe!

Arrabbiata Sauce is an easy and delicious Italian pasta sauce made from simple ingredients, including olive oil, garlic, dried red chili flakes, and tomatoes. Enjoy this irresistible, homemade Arrabbiata Recipe! – The Forked Spoon 

 

 

This Bolognese Sauce recipe is the ultimate comfort food! A delicious, hearty meat sauce that can be made ahead, is freezer friendly and a total crowd pleaser.

This Bolognese Sauce recipe is the ultimate comfort food! A delicious, hearty meat sauce that can be made ahead, is freezer friendly and a total crowd-pleaser.- Maple and Mango

 

[GF-Paleo-W-30] This Easy Meat Sauce recipe is a healthy homemade sauce to go over your spaghetti or zucchini noodles. Made with ground beef, olives, and mushrooms in a tomato sauce that simmers to perfection, it’s great for a simple weeknight dinner.- Hot Pan Kitchen

[GF-Paleo-W-30] This Easy Meat Sauce recipe is a healthy homemade sauce to go over your spaghetti or zucchini noodles. Made with ground beef, olives, and mushrooms in a tomato sauce that simmers to perfection, it’s great for a simple weeknight dinner.- Hot Pan Kitchen

 

Popular herbs and spices used in Pasta Sauce

Popular herbs and spices used in Pasta Sauce

  • Basil – a warm, sweet, and characteristic flavor. It’s the main ingredient in many tomato and pesto sauces.
  • Black Pepper/white pepper -The most commonly used pepper is black pepper, but some sauces require white pepper. It gives a nice flavor and serves to enhance the taste of many sauces.
  • Fennel seeds– are frequently used in dishes like carpaccio and some pasta sauces.
  • Garlic- is one of the staple ingredients that is found in every almost every Italian Sauce do to its character.
  • Marjoram– has a delicate, sweet, pleasant flavor with a slightly bitter undertone.
  • Oregano– is somewhat of another favorite that you’ve probably seen it used to Italian pizza sauces and some pasta sauces.
  • Parsley – gives a very light flavor to pasta sauces. It’s the perfect partner to garlic.
  • Rosemary– has a robust but sweet flavor and Christmas like aroma.
  • Red pepper flakes– adds a nice kick of heat and flavor to sauces.
  • Salt– Another common seasoning that enhances the taste of the pasta sauce
  • Thyme– pairs well with garlic and lemon sauces and are often used in soups, stews, vinegar, among other things.

 

 

 

Modernized Classic Italian Pasta Recipes 

If you love a more classic and traditional type of pasta, you will adore these 5 Tried and True slightly modernized pasta dishes.
Cacio E Pepe, literally translated as cheese & pepper, is a simple pasta dish. Using only four simple ingredients, they come together to form a creamy cheesy, perfectly seasoned pasta dish that’s a perfect example of true Italian comfort food.

Cacio E Pepe, literally translated as cheese & pepper, is a simple pasta dish. Using only four simple ingredients, they come together to form a creamy cheesy, perfectly seasoned pasta dish that’s a perfect example of authentic Italian comfort food.- 4 Sons’ R’ Us.

 

Lamb ragu, on its surface, is an easy dinner recipe that works for both weeknight dinners and entertaining . Sweet, tender ground lamb mingles with old friends onion, garlic and tomatoes while inviting some special guests to join in for a hearty, filling sauce.

[Paleo + GF] Lamb ragu, on its surface, is an easy dinner recipe that works for both weeknight dinners and entertaining. Sweet, tender ground lamb mingles with onion, garlic, and tomatoes for a hearty, filling sauce. – Paleo-Gluten-free Guy

Easy Pasta Bolognese Recipe ~ this classic Italian meat sauce is comforting and SO satisfying! It gets even better as it sits in the fridge, so plan to make a big batch over the weekend and enjoy it all week long.

Easy Pasta Bolognese  – This classic Italian meat sauce is comforting and SO satisfying! It gets even better as it sits in the fridge, so plan to make a big batch over the weekend and enjoy it all week long.- The view from the Great Island

 

 

The flavor in this Pasta Alla Genovese is hard to describe with words. To say it’s a comforting, hearty and rustic dish would be true. But, it’s so much more than that – there is a certain feeling that eating this dish invokes.

PASTA ALLA GENOVESE -The flavor in this Pasta Alla Genovese is hard to describe with words. To say it’s a comforting, hearty and rustic dish would be correct. But, it’s so much more than that – there is a certain feeling that eating this dish invokes. – Sip and Feast

 

This healthy carbonara dish is just as good as the best versions you’ve had, it just has less added fat without skimping on flavor or creaminess. Not only is this carbonara recipe healthy and delicious, it can be made in just about 15 minutes.

Healthy Carbonara – This dish is just as good as the best versions you’ve had; it just has less added fat without skimping on flavor or creaminess. Not only is this carbonara recipe healthy and delicious, but it can also be made in just about 15 minutes.- Nourish Nutrition 

 

Popular Pasta Noodles

 

Popular Pasta Noodles

  1. Acini di Pepe This tiny pasta can get lost in the Sauce. Serve it with a light splash of olive oil or butter, some herbs, and maybe a touch of cheese. It also works well in brothy soups.
  2. Angel Hair- are long, very thin, delicate strands of pasta. Heavy or chunky sauces can be too much for the delicate pasta, so go with a light cream sauce or toss it with herb butter.
  3. Bucatini- are similar to spaghetti, but hollow, these great noodles taste great in casseroles, such as Greek Lasagna. 
  4. Cannelloni – a sizeable tube-shaped pasta.  Because of the size, it’s the ideal specimen for stuffing with delicious fillings such as cheese or meat and is often baked as a casserole.
  5. Conchiglie– are shell-like looking pasta and are available in different sizes.  Pair it with sauces that will get caught in the shell-shaped center, like thick cheese sauce, cream sauces, or tomato-based sauces.
  6. Ditalini – Ditalini is a petite tube of pasta and is most often found in soups. 
  7. Farfalle- bear a strong resemblance to small bow ties. These Bowtie shaped pasta are suited for tomato-based or cream sauces, along with butter or olive oil. It also pairs well combined with vegetables.
  8. Fettuccine– are flat ribbons of pasta, somewhere between linguine noodles and pappardelle in width. They are famously used with the classic American-Italian dish Fettichin and Alfredo sauce. It can also be used with thicker sauces and works well with most meats and vegetables. 
  9. Lasagna– are Large, full, flat sheets of pasta with flat or ridged edges, lasagna is most often used in the pasta dish that bears the same name.
  10. Linguine– are long, thin, flat strips of pasta that resemble flat spaghetti, and often paired with clam-based sauces or in other seafood dishes. 
  11. Manicotti – is very similar to cannelloni, manicotti are large, ridged tubes of pasta. It’s frequently stuffed with ricotta cheese or meat, then baked with a tomato sauce.
  12. Orecchiette– When making orecchiette dishes use slightly thicker sauces or ingredients such as veggies or meat, which can fill the little pasta with tons of flavor.
  13. Pappardelle – are flat ribbons of pasta similar to fettuccine, but much broader and made for thick, sturdy sauces. 
  14. Penne – are a medium-sized, ridged tubes of pasta with diagonal cut edges. Penne pasta goes well with several sauce types, including cream sauces, tomato, or meat-based sauces. Try to less chunky sauce, though, so that the Sauce fills up the hollow tubes of pasta.
  15. Rigatoni– are medium-sized tubes of ridged pasta that tend to be slightly larger than penne, with flat ends. It’s well suited to marginally chunkier, more textured sauces such as meat sauces or creamier sauces.
  16. Rotelle–  are shaped similar to little wagon wheels, they are frequently referred to as wagon wheel pasta. Thick but not overly chunky cream and tomato sauces work well with rotelle.
  17. Rotini- are small to medium-sized, spirals of pasta that are best used with tomato or cream sauces that can soak into the nooks and crannies of the pasta. 
  18. Tagliatelle – are a flat ribbon-shaped pasta fall and is somewhat similar to fettuccine and pappardelle in width. It works reasonably well with herb, garlic, and oil sauces or seafood dishes. However, they can be used with heavier, meaty sauces.
  19. Torchio -These fancy twirls of pasta are perfect for sauces that will cling to their bell-like shape. Use and thicker but not extremely chunky tomato-based sauce or cream sauce.
  20. Ziti– Choose sauces that are thick enough to stick to the smooth sides tubes of pasta. Ziti is famously used in Baked Ziti, which is a baked pasta dish made using tomato sauce and cheese.

 

 

Awesome Vegan Pasta Recipes

If you love eating pasta and are Vegan or enjoy meat-free, these are the Top Go-to Pasta and Sauce Recipes on the net right now. They are all tried and authentic Vegan recipes that are guaranteed to delight your tastebuds and fit your Vegan lifestyle.
This creamy, crunchy & protein rich edamame fettucine is a quick yet healthy fix meal for any day of the week. You’re just a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes away from a lip-smackingly delicious dinner. Vegan & gluten free.

[VEGAN + GF] This creamy, crunchy & protein-rich edamame Fettucine is a quick yet healthy fix meal for any day of the week. You’re just a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes away from a lip-smackingly delicious dinner. Fit.Foodie.Nutter

vegan parsley walnut pesto pasta is simple to make and full or super fresh flavours. Parsley, spinach and walnuts add an earthy depth of flavour and loads of nutrition.

[VEGAN] This vegan parsley walnut pesto pasta is simple to make and full or super fresh flavors. Parsley, spinach, and walnuts add an earthy depth of flavor and loads of nutrition. You can double the recipe and freeze half for garden-fresh flavor all winter. –The Simple Green

 

Creamy, flavorful, and ready in about 30 minutes, this Vegan Alfredo Sauce recipe is a dairy free twist on your favorite pasta dish! It’s a rich dairy free sauce that even the pickiest of eaters will love.

[VEGAN] Creamy, flavorful, and ready in 30 minutes, Vegan Alfredo Sauce recipe is a dairy-free twist on your favorite pasta dish! It’s a rich, creamy dairy-free sauce that even the pickiest of eaters will love. –Eat With Clarity

 

Rich and creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta is totally dairy free and only takes about half an hour to make. It’s easy enough for a weeknight meal but fancy enough for a date night or dinner party.

[VEGAN + DF] Rich and creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta is dairy-free and only takes about half an hour to make. It’s easy enough for a weeknight meal but fancy enough for a date night or dinner party. –Glue and Glitter

 

 

 

Delicious Seafood Pasta Dishes

These are not your ordinary humdrum weeknight plates of pasta. They are the perfect pasta recipes to serve someone you love on a special occasion.
Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives is a rustic Italian style pasta that’s easy to throw together on a weeknight. It’s an inexpensive, healthy 30-minute meal with that casual Mediterranean vibe. - The View from the Great Island

Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives is a rustic Italian style pasta that’s easy to throw together on a weeknight. It’s an inexpensive, healthy 30-minute meal with that casual Mediterranean vibe. – The View from the Great Island

 

This deliciously creamy shrimp fettuccine with a light cream sauce and tomatoes is perfect for a simple weeknight meal. For the company, just arrange the shrimp on the plate with some parsley, and it's a show stopper of a dish. - Christina's Cucina

This deliciously creamy shrimp fettuccine with a light cream sauce and tomatoes is perfect for a simple weeknight meal. For the company, arrange the shrimp on the plate with some parsley, and it’s a show stopper of a dish. – Christina’s Cucina 

 

Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta is deliciously quick, easy, and simple and perfect for brunch occasions and quick weeknight suppers. - Recipes from a Pantry

Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta is deliciously quick, easy, and simple and perfect for brunch occasions and quick weeknight suppers. – Recipes from a Pantry

 

 

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Pasta

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Pasta

  1. Fill the stockpot appropriately: Use plenty of cold, freshwater so that once the pasta begins to expand and cook, there will be plenty of room for the pasta to cook as well as move freely while preparing. 
  2. Do not add any oil to the boiling water: Adding oil most likely will cause the Sauce not to bond correctly or your pasta to become oily.
  3. Always add coarse salt to the water: Add salt to the water before adding pasta to add flavor to the pasta.
  4. Bring the water to a full boil before adding pasta to the water. Add the pasta slowly and immediately stir the pasta.
  5. Follow the package instructions: It is essential to follow instructions on the package for cooking times as they may vary from type or brand.
  6. Save some of the water off the cooked pasta: Usually, one cup of water from the cooked pasta is enough.
  7. Drain the pasta: Do not o let the pasta sit in a colander for more than a moment, as you will dry out your pasta.
  8. Always have your Sauce prepared and heated before you cook your pasta. Pasta cooking should be the last step in making your recipe. Keep your Sauce warm in a large, wide saucepan, big enough to add your pasta. Add the pasta to the pot containing the warm Sauce immediately after the pasta has drained.
  9. Add the pasta to the sauce, not the Sauce to the pasta: Add the pasta to the pan immediately after cooking. Stir to combine.
  10. Add some of the Pasta Water: Add the pasta water to the pasta and Sauce to help the sauce adhere to the noodles and flavor the pasta.
  11. Serve immediately: For the best results, always serve your pasta immediately.

 

 

 

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    Sally
    February 26, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    I love pasta of all kinds – my favorite food group and biggest weakness 😉 This is a fabulous collection of pasta sauces that I’m pinning and will refer to often. Thanks!

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      hmccallum
      March 2, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Me too, Sally. Pasta is my favorite bad habit lol!!! Glad you enjoyed everyone’s recipes.

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    Amy Chung
    February 26, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    OMG this is awesome! Love that you broke it all down. I have recently become lactose intolerant and I miss carbonara soooooo much! Arrabiata is probably my next favourite….with lots of chilli to spice it up!

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      hmccallum
      March 2, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Good morning, Amy. Sorry to hear about the recent findings I know that can be tough. Thank you for sharing some of your favorites!!!

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    Bintu
    February 26, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Pasta is one of our go-to dishes when we need a quick and easy meal. What a tasty selection of recipes.

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      hmccallum
      March 2, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Thank you, Bintu! So thrilled you loved everyone’s recipes! They are some awesome recipes that tried and true.

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    Kelly Anthony
    February 26, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    What a great collection of pasta recipes. They all look so good I’m not sure which one to make first.

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      hmccallum
      March 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

      I am excited to try some more of them soon Kelly, pasta is a favorite. Thank you for sharing.

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    Jessica Formicola
    February 26, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    These all look so incredible, but I especially can’t wait to try that lamb ragu and the parsley walnut pesto pasta!

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      hmccallum
      March 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

      Thank you so much, Jessica! These are some really great recipes from some awesome bloggers!!!

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    Tania Pilcher | Fit Foodie Nutter
    February 12, 2020 at 5:36 am

    I love pasta and you’ve got some great recipes there! Thank you so much for featuring one of my recipes too, very humbled:) x

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      hmccallum
      February 12, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Hello and Thank you, Tania, your recipe was awesome!
      I was thrilled to include it!

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    Jill McOwen
    February 4, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Absolutely love this collection of recipes. Pinned it for future reference…

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      hmccallum
      February 7, 2020 at 10:04 am

      Thank you, Jill, all their recipes are amazing! I appreciate the feedback!
      Heidy

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