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Traditional Pasta Sauces To Make At Home

With millions around the globe either in quarantine or self-isolation due to the coronavirus, people are getting creative in the kitchen. Whether you’re an experienced cook or just looking to try out some recipes, these sauces are simple, hearty and delicious. Satiate your Italian craving with these seven traditional pasta sauces to make at home.

Traditional Pasta Sauces To Make At Home

1. Alfredo

The king of creaminess, Alfredo is a crow fave. This classic Italian pasta sauce originates from Rome and is loved all over the world. Best part? With the right amount of dairy, it’s super simple to make. You’ll need butter, cream cheese, garlic and a few pantry seasonings. It can be thrown together in under 20 minutes and traditionally goes with fettuccine. The Recipe Critic does it best, follow along here.

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image: The Recipe Critic

2. Arrabbiata

Six simple but vital ingredients come together to make this flavourful, tomato-based sauce. You’ll need olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, canned tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil. Start by heating your olive oil with the crushed flakes and add the rest of the spices until your house smells like an old school trattoria. Afterwards, add the tomatoes and let the heat do the work. Follow Gimme Some Oven’s recipe here.

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image: Gimme Some Oven

3. Carbonara

Carbonara – to cream or not to cream? Go with the traditional recipe which uses whisked eggs instead. For this recipe you need olive oil, garlic, pancetta, eggs and pecorino. Spice it up with some dry white wine and feel free to sub pecorino with parmesan or asiago.

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4. Bolognese

This Italian classic that combines the best of natural flavours will become a staple in no time. You’ll need canned tomatoes, tomato puree, red wine, beef stock and some pantry herbs and veggies. Spruce it up with a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon and don’t forget to stir in ground beef. Follow the recipe here.

5. Pesto

Simple, fresh and herby make pesto an easy yet tasty pasta sauce. All you need is basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan and salt. Give it a few whirls in the blender, toss with pasta and you’ve got a great dinner. Tip: No pine nuts? Substitute with almonds or walnuts. If you don’t have a high powered blender, combine with a mortar and pestle.
Check out Epicurious’ recipe here.

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6. Aglio E Olio

Aglio E Olio is about as simple as it gets. With just olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, parsley and parmesan, you’ve got an easy and tasty pasta supper. Follow Food Network’s no-fuss Aglio E Olio recipe here.

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image: Food Network

7. Pomarola

Pomarola is what most people dream of when they imagine rich, herby-tomato pasta. Grab some ripe tomatoes, red onion, celery, carrot, garlic, olive oil and basil and get to work. First, prep your veggies by mincing the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Chop your tomatoes and basil leaves, pop it all in a pot for 30 minutes, pass it through a blender and bam! Delicious Italian pasta at home. Find the full recipe here.

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Melanie Hamilton
Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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