10 Pasta sauces that aren’t marinara

As the name suggests, alfredo sauce is usually served over fettuccine pasta, but linguine, spaghetti, or any other pasta works just fine.


Amatriciana sauce contains red pepper or red chiles, as well as guanciale, pecorino cheese, tomato, and olive oil, and is named for the Italian town of Amatrice.


Its most common use with pasta is atop lasagna, or moussaka, which is basically Greek lasagna made with eggplant. Add cheese to béchamel


Black truffles can be expensive, but if you’re treating yourself, why not do it via a spectacular pasta sauce. ne truffle plus olive oil, butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese.

Black truffle

Named for the Italian city of Bologna, bolognese is a creamy meat sauce made with just a touch of tomato. The thickness of the sauce lends itself to thicker kinds of pasta like tagliatelle


Butternut squash can be cooked, pureed, and used as a delicious sauce that is definitely not marinara. It’s excellent when served over gnocchi.

Butternut squash

Heavy cream, egg yolks, pancetta, garlic, cheese, and black pepper go into carbonara sauce, which is traditionally served over spaghetti or linguine.


Cheese sauce isn’t marinara, so why not cook up some mac and cheese? We’re not talking about the powdered-cheese variety, but something a little fancier

Cheese sauce

When cooking with clams, save their sauce for your sauce. Clam sauce is combined with oil, butter, garlic, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese to add an extra taste of seafood

Clam sauce

Fra Diavolo looks like marinara sauce, but take a taste, and you’ll notice the difference right away. Red pepper adds some spice to this sauce, along with onions, garlic, herbs

Fra Diavolo

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