Dress your pasta dishes with these delicious, quick, and easy pasta sauce recipes. Your family will love you for it. And your friends will want the recipe. You have three to choose from and experiment with.
Olive Oil and Garlic Sauce
I especially love light sauces, so this recipe is one of my favorites. Add a little vinegar and it’s also delicious on a fresh green salad.
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
In a small skillet, combine olive oil, parsley, garlic and salt over medium-high heat. Remove from heat when garlic sizzles. (Do not let garlic brown or sauce will taste bitter.) Makes 1/3 cup
Homemade Tomato Sauce
For this recipe, I use fresh tomatoes instead of those from the can. It tastes better; and it’s better for you.
Salt (to taste)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
2 cups chopped peeled tomatoes
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
In a medium skillet, combine olive oil, parsley, and garlic over medium heat. When garlic starts to sizzle, add the tomatoes and season with salt. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and oil begins to separate from the sauce (20 to 25 minutes). Makes 1 2/3 cups.
Cheesy Alfredo Sauce
You can substitute your favorite cheese, if the cheese in the recipe isn’t suitable; or add a swig of fresh lemon juice; or a drop of vinegar. Play around with it.
1 egg yolk
Salt (to taste)
3 tablespoons butter
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 fluid ounces heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional for garnish)
Melt butter or margarine in sauce pan over medium heat. Add heavy cream, stirring constantly. Stir in salt, nutmeg, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and Romano cheese. Stir constantly until cheese melts, then mix in egg yolk. Simmer over medium low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish with additional grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Makes 1 1/4 cups.