6 Pasta Sauces You Need to Try

Tired of your usual homemade spaghetti? Try one of these pasta sauces for a different pasta experience.

Acciughe
• Ingredients: Bucatini pasta, soaked and filleted anchovies, one-half cup olive oil, minced garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, two teaspoons minced flat-leaf parsley, and ¾ cup finely-ground bread crumbs

• Preparation: Prepare the anchovies and other ingredients, then cook the pasta for ten minutes. Prepare the sauce separately by sautéing the olive oil, anchovies, garlic, and chili flakes. Add the parsley when the anchovies are cooked. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce. Serve with sprinkled breadcrumbs.

Aglio e Olio
• Ingredients: spaghetti, 250 grams cleaned and deveined prawns or shrimp, olive oil, one minced garlic, 1 teaspoon chili flakes, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, salt, and grated Parmesan

• Preparation: Boil the spaghetti separately. Sauté the garlic, chili flakes, shrimp/prawns for two minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce. Finally, add parmesan and parsley before serving.

Amatriciana
• Ingredients: spaghetti or Bucatini, 28 ounces of whole peeled tomatoes, olive oil, diced pancetta/guanciale, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 6 pieces basil leaves, salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, and grated pecorino/parmigiano-reggiano.

• Preparation: First, puree the tomatoes and boil the pasta. To prepare the sauce, sauté guanciale/panacetta, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Next, add the pureed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and basil. Stir for 15 minutes then toss the pasta and sprinkle the parsley and cheese.

Burro
• Ingredients: penne rigate, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons formaggino, ½ cup grated parmigiano Reggiano, and salt.

• Preparation: Boil the pasta according to instructions, then drain the water and place in a mixing bowl. Add leftover pasta water, cheese, formaggino, and butter. Mix all the ingredients.

Cacciatore
• Ingredients: 4 pieces chicken thighs, 2 pieces chicken breasts, all-purpose flour, olive oil, salt and pepper, 1 chopped red bell pepper, 3 chopped garlic cloves, ¾ cup dry white wine, 1 can diced tomatoes (with juice), 3 tablespoons drained capers, dried oregano leaves, chopped basil leaves, and ¾ cup chicken broth.

• Preparation: Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken then dredge in flour. Sauté the chicken then set aside. Sauté bell pepper, garlic, onion, then season with salt and pepper. Next, add white wine and simmer for 3 minutes before adding the tomatoes, broth, capers, and oregano. Add the chicken pieces in the sauce, then simmer for about 20 minutes.

Frutti di Mare
• Ingredients: spaghetti, cleaned mussels and clams, peeled shrimp, squid tentacles, extra virgin olive oil, 4 grated garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, ½ cup white wine, basil leaves or chopped parsley, arrabiata tomato sauce (already prepared), salt, and lemon.

• Preparation: boil spaghetti, then drain and set aside. Sauté garlic, red pepper flakes, clams, and mussels. Pour the white wine then cover the pan for a minute. Add the shrimp, then cover the pan for another minute. Add the squid tentacles and cook for another minute before adding seasonings. Pour the arrabiata tomato sauce on the seafood and toss before adding the spaghetti. Serve with lemon wedges.