9 Pasta Sauces That Are Way More Exciting Than Marinara
Get out of your tomato-based rut
Chilly winter nights call for a big bowl of pasta. But how much spaghetti and marinara can one lady abide? Add some diversity to dinnertime with nine delicious sauce alternatives…none of which are tomato-based.
Coconut Milk + Garlic + Ginger + Jalapeño
Coconut milk gives spaghetti or even zucchini noodles a rich texture without having to use cream or butter.
Avocado + Garlic + Scallions + Lemon Juice + EVOO
We love pairing this peppy green sauce with zucchini noodles for a vegetarian, guilt-free meal.
Preserved Lemon Peel + Garlic + Red Pepper + Panko + Butter
Whip up a classic spaghetti al limone right at home and pair with crispy pancetta to balance the tangy lemon flavor.
Chili Oil + Red Pepper Flakes + Lemon Zest + Parsley
Top a big bowl of angel hair pasta with this fiery concoction.
Peanut Butter + Soy Sauce + Red Pepper Flakes + Sesame Oil + Lime Juice
Opt for a thick noodle like fettuccine (or even Chinese egg noodles) for a homemade take on pad Thai.
Pecorino Romano + Parmesan + Salt + Pepper + EVOO
Cacio e pepe literally translates to “cheese and pepper.” As straightforward as it sounds, it gives buccatini or spaghetti a big bite.
Butter + Sage Leaves + Parmesan + Lemon Juice + Black Pepper
One word: Gnocchi.
Roasted Red Pepper + Garlic + Onion + Feta + Chicken Stock
We like pairing this sauce with a thick noodle like farfalle or fusilli. If you’re feeling adventurous, add some sun-dried tomato and artichoke to the mix.