When it comes to Italian cuisine, red sauce is a must-have in many classic dishes. By definition, red sauce covers tomato-based sauces of many different varieties. It can be a very easy recipe that calls for few ingredients, or you can take the fancier route and bring some really interesting flavors and textures to your meal! Where to begin? Our recipe authors are here to help you out in choosing the right red sauce for you.

Start With The Basics
Vegan Marinara Sauce

Brooklyn-based Blogger Cathy Elton shows you how easy it is to make your own Marinara Sauce. This recipe is a great place to start, and lends itself to lots of variations. Sometimes she adds a whole bunch of sliced mushrooms. Other times, she loads it up with fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley, or add pickled hot cherry peppers for a Fra Diavolo sauce.


Make a Meat Sauce
Vegan Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce Over Pasta Shells

This Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce recipe by Blogger Annie Oliviero is the next best thing next to simmered-all-day pasta sauce. Chickpeas give this delicious sauce a meaty, hearty texture that will fill you up. You’ll have all your family and friends guessing how you managed to juggle your day while making such a fabulous meaty sauce – hey, we won’t tell them it was super easy if you don’t!

Add Some Spice To Your Life
Vegan Smoky Tomato Almond Pasta Sauce

Smoked paprika is a total game-changer in this spicy, creamy pasta sauce. Blogger Jodi Kay shows you how in this Smoky Tomato Almond Pasta Sauce. It makes more than enough for two, so you can pile on the sauce without fear of not leaving enough for your dining companion. For a chunkier, pesto-like sauce, opt for whole almonds over almond meal. Either way, this is a recipe that you’ll want to return to.

Chunky is Awesome
Vegan Kale Stuffed Shells With Chunky Marinara Sauce

Everyone loves stuffed pasta shells smothered in marinara sauce. The Frugal Vegan breaks it down for you in these amazing Kale Stuffed Shells With Chunky Marinara Sauce. Though traditionally a vessel for cheese, the shells are stuffed with a creamy blend of white beans, sautéed kale and garlic for a healthier, lighter take on the traditional dish. Any white bean will work here, but cannellini beans are great for their ease of smashing. These shells also freeze quite nicely, making them ideal for a quick weeknight dinner.

Get Creative With Classics
Vegan Eggplant Meatballs With Baharat Spiced Tomato Sauce

Blogger Annie McGee shows you a new twist on an old friend: Eggplant Meatballs With Baharat Spiced Tomato Sauce. Update the classic spaghetti and meatballs with this recipe for eggplant “meatballs” paired with a tomato sauce that’s unlike anything else. Baharat brings something special to this savory sauce made from cherry tomatoes. It’s kinda of paprika-y cinnamon-y, and cardamom-y. It adds a subtle layer of spice that’s not overwhelming, but different in a really good way.


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