pasta sauces

Different Types of Pasta Sauce to Try for Your Next Italian Meal

Italian may be one of the most popular cuisines all over the world, but with so many delicious options, it can be difficult to know what to try! And with over 600 types of pasta and almost as many variations of sauces, choosing the best combination can seem impossible. If you’re stuck for your next Italian meal idea, here are a few of the best sauces to try next.


This is the ultimate classic Italian pasta sauce. It marries together the richness of fresh tomatoes simmered with aromatics like garlic and onions. A dash of fresh oregano and a few chili flakes gives the sauce a memorable zip. Because it’s a thinner sauce, it pairs best with spaghetti as it coats every noodle.


It doesn’t get more authentic than Amatriciana. It comes from Amatrice, a town in central Italy that’s a huge food and agricultural area. Like marinara, it is made mostly of tomatoes, flavored with garlic, black pepper, and fresh herbs like basil. What makes this sauce stand out, however, is the addition of guanciale, or cured pork cheek. The pork adds a salty tang that complements the umami of the tomatoes nicely. Pair with spaghetti or linguini and top with pecorino cheese.

Frutti di Mare

Meaning “fruit of the sea,” this pasta sauce includes a healthy dose of seafood and other ingredients for a flavorful and filling sauce. Like most Italian pasta sauces, this one begins with sautéed aromatics (onions and garlic in olive oil) and is filled out with rich tomatoes and herbs. The magic happens with the addition of salty anchovies, clams, shrimp, and scallops. White wine and clam juice add extra layers of flavor.

Funghi E Piselli

One of the great things about authentic Italian cuisine is that it can be as vegetarian-friendly as you like, and this particular sauce is very accommodating for non-meat eaters! The creamy sauce is made with lots of mushrooms and snap peas for a hearty texture. Pearl onions, white wine, and of course, lots of garlic make this the ultimate veggie-based sauce that won’t have you missing the meat.

Umbrian Ragu

If you’re looking for a hearty sauce that you may not have tried before, give Umbrian ragu a try for your next Italian pasta dish. It’s as savory as it gets with loads of ground pork fried with celery, carrots, onions, and tomatoes. A dry red wine adds another dimension and is complemented by the presence of fresh basil and parsley.

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