There’s nothing better than a homemade pasta sauce recipe! Here are the top 10 sauces to make your dinners taste better.

Tomato cream sauce

Purchased marinara is good and all, but it can’t hold a candle to the real thing. That’s right, a homemade pasta sauce recipe cooked with love is the best meal around. You may not always have time for a homemade sauce, but many times cooking from scratch is easier than you think.

Here are our top 10 homemade pasta sauces to make when you need inspiration! There’s a good quick and easy red sauce, tangy, garlicky and bright. Then pick from the best creamy white sauce, bright green pesto cream sauce, or even a light and fragrant white wine sauce. With these these sauces to your arsenal, there’s nothing you can’t do.

And now…the top homemade pasta sauces!

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There are so many delicious ways to make sauces from scratch! Here are a few tasty pasta recipes to try, some of them showcasing the sauces above:

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Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


This homemade easy marinara sauce is full of tangy tomato flavor and takes just over 15 minutes to make: no chopping required!


  • 28 ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or best quality crushed tomatoes)*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 fresh basil leaves


  1. In a large saucepan, place the crushed tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, kosher salt, and whole basil leaves.
  2. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. If desired, pulse with a blender: All crushed tomato brands are different, and some may be chunkier than other. If you’d like, pulse the sauce a bit in a blender or immersion blend to get to the desired texture (we like ours a little chunky, but you could make it fully smooth too).


*If you can’t find fire roasted tomatoes, use the best quality tomatoes you can find. Taste the tomatoes before you start. If they taste bitter, you may need to simmer the sauce a little longer than the stated timing. Fire roasted tomatoes taste sweet right out of the can so they can simmer less time, whereas other brands taste bitter and need longer to simmer.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Pasta sauce recipe, Pasta sauces, Homemade pasta sauce

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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