Basic Pasta Sauces to Know

Skip jarred sauce: These simple, homemade recipes are the perfect dinner solutions for your favorite pasta shapes.

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marinara Sauce

There may be many ways to make marinara sauce, but Ina Garten's five-star recipe relies on red wine and garlic for a full-bodied flavor. The sauce is a bit chunky thanks to chopped onions and crushed tomatoes.

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Alfredo Sauce

We can't stress enough the simplicity of Ree Drummond's recipe. Simply warm butter and cream, then season with salt and pepper before adding Parmesan and stirring until melted.

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Simple Bolognese

Giada De Laurentiis' meaty pasta sauce is made all in one pot. Be sure to break up any large clumps when sauteing to fully incorporate the meat with the tomatoes, basil and parsley.

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Butternut Squash Sauce with Sage

Tyler Florence caramelizes the surface of butternut squash cubes just enough so they're golden, then he purees the sauce in a blender. This sauce pairs well with gnocchi plus chopped chestnuts, sage and shallots for garnish.

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Mushroom Cream Sauce

By adding the cream slowly, this sauce will develop a velvety smooth consistency that's the perfect base for sliced portobello mushrooms.

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