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Our Favorite Types of Pasta Sauce

Pasta lovers are often left with a big dinnertime decision: what sauce should we use to enhance our noodles tonight? This pasta sauce guide will help you  narrow down your sauce-making decisions with a range of scrumptious choices. Explore some of our favorite types of pasta sauce, and shop Tantillo Foods pasta sauces to complete your next meal!

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Tantillo Foods Imported Pasta Sauces

Tantillo has the perfectly constructed, handmade sauces for any culinary application. Each sauce is crafted using only the freshest ingredients and made in the old-world style of low slow simmering to develop the very best flavor:

Pomodoro

Pomodoro sauce was created to preserve the yearly tomato harvest. A simple combination of tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, onion, and garlic come together to create a light, balanced dish. The difference between Pomodoro and Marinara is slight. Pomodoro is smoother than Marinara, since the tomatoes are finely minced as opposed to roughly chopped and chunky. Both are fabulous for easy pasta dinners and are essentially the basic building blocks of great Italian recipes, including everything from lasagna to baked ziti to chicken parmesan.

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine—or try sauce-capturing rigatoni or fusilloni.

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Recipe Inspiration: Tagliolini con Aragosta Pomodoro Fresco

Arrabbiata

Arrabbiata sauce is a beautifully simple Italian recipe created with simmered red peppers, fresh tomatoes, and a touch of olive oil. Originating from the Lazio region of Italy, Arrabbiata literally translates to “angry,” which is in reference to the heat and spice provided by the peppers. Served solo or with a helping of fresh seafood, Arrabbiata is a spicy pasta lover’s best friend.

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine—or try sauce-capturing rigatoni or fusilloni.

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Recipe Inspiration: Fusilloni Pasta with Spinach and Spanish Ham

Vodka Sauce

Vodka sauce is an Italian-American creation made using vine-ripened tomatoes, vodka, cream, and grated cheese. It is a beautifully rich sauce in which the vodka enhances the ingredients in harmonious balance. Using this sauce is so easy, and delicious—it can be enjoyed by itself, or topped with chicken or seafood.

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine.

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Tomato Basil

Tomato Basil is the famed, classic marinara and the chunkiest of the Italian pasta sauce family. Its taste is very rich, lively, and focused on the flavor of vine-ripened tomatoes. Marinara, like Pomodoro, is the backbone of hard-working Italian recipes. You can interchange Marinara with Pomodoro depending on how you prefer your sauce thickness.

Pasta Pairing: Sauce capturing rigatoni or fusilloni.

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Recipe Inspiration: Pasta with Ricotta Cheese

Roasted Garlic

Garlic has a delicious, potent flavor that pairs perfectly with a robust tomato sauce. Roasted garlic sauce is made by sautéing diced onions and minced garlic in olive oil until brown, then mixing in tomato paste and fresh tomatoes, along with other seasonings such as dried basil leaves, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper for spice. Finally, toss in four roasted garlic cloves to really infuse the flavor. In about thirty minutes, you’ll have hearty, delicious meal!

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine.

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Recipe Inspiration: Anelletti Pasta with Meat Sauce

Porcini & Black Truffle

Both porcini mushrooms and black truffles are decadent ingredients that have a very unique, distinct taste. That being said, a creamy Porcini and Black Truffle sauce is a great way to impress dinner guests! Keep in mind, since this type sauce is quite rich and potent, you’ll only need to serve a spoonful or two over the pasta to avoid overpowering your taste buds.

Pasta Pairing: This type of sauce is typically best over a flat noodle, such as linguine.

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Other Great Sauces To Try At Home

Can’t get enough pasta? Here are some other great pasta sauce recipes to try at home with your favorite Tantillo Imported Artisanal Pastas!

Pesto

Pesto is a classic Italian pasta sauce that uses fresh basil as its base. Traditionally, ingredients are blended together into a flavorful paste using a mortar and pestle. The combination of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, toasted pine nuts, and pecorino Romano cheese balance perfectly for a seasonal summer dinner.

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine—or try sauce-capturing rigatoni or fusilloni.

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Recipe Inspiration: Asparagus Tomato Pesto Pasta

Aglio e Olio

It doesn’t get much easier than Aglio e Olio. Translated to garlic and oil, these are the two main ingredients of this savory sauce—aside from a little salt, pepper, grated parmesan, and freshly chopped herbs. This pasta sauce is gloriously simple and satisfying as a noodle base for seafood, chicken or vegetables!

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine.

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Recipe Inspiration: Spaghetti con Aglio e Olio

Amatriciana 

Amatriciana is a spicy, pork-centered addition to the Italian tomato sauce spectrum. High in the mountains of the Lazio region sits the picturesque village of Amatrice, the namesake of this classic dish. Amatriciana is one of Italy’s most famous pasta sauces, having historic roots that date back to the Ancient Romans. To create this mouth-watering pasta sauce, pancetta, bacon, or guanciale is sautéed until crisp before simmering with a peppery tomato sauce. Delicious!

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine.

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Bolognese

Bolognese is an Italian meat sauce hailing from the region of its namesake, Bologna. Several meaty combinations can be used in this sauce, including beef, pork, lamb, veal, pancetta, or even bacon. The secret to a great bolognese is a touch of cream, wine, and tomato. These extra ingredients enhance the meaty flavor and round out this robust pasta dish.

Pasta Pairing: Conchiglioni provides the perfect scoop to hold the heavy, meaty sauce.

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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe translates to cheese and pepper. The resulting dish is silky, cheesy, and gratifyingly sumptuous. A combination of butter and olive oil further add to the richness of this sauce, along with a double helping of pecorino Romano and parmesan cheese. Reserved pasta water brings it all together by emulsifying the butter, oil, and cheese. Finish with a dash of grated cheese and a sprinkle of cracked black pepper, and this sauce is sure to satisfy your craving for something savory.

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine.

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Alfredo

Similar in nature to Cacio e Pepe is the classic Italian-American Alfredo sauce. Heavy cream deepens its richness, and it pairs with a plethora of toppings including chicken, shrimp, salmon, lobster, or vegetables. Alfredo makes a wonderful addition to any family dining room table!

Pasta Pairing: Alfredo goes best with a pasta that soaks up the sauce’s flavor, such as rigatoni or fusilloni.

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Carbonara

Carbonara is a Roman delicacy consisting of eggs, garlic, grated parmesan cheese, cracked black pepper, and either crispy pancetta, bacon, or guanciale. This simple recipe can be made in under 30 minutes. Simply whisk the ingredients together in a bowl, and once the pasta is cooked, drain it, reserving some of the pasta water. Toss the pasta in with the ingredients and slowly add the hot pasta water, creating a silky sauce.

Pasta Pairing: Long, thin noodles like spaghetti or linguine.

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These are just a few of our favorite types of pasta sauces. For more options, take a look at our selection of sauces made from high-quality, fresh ingredients. Or, create a dish of your own using our artisanal olive oils! Enhance your meal when you cook with Tantillo Foods quality Italian ingredients

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