Easy Classic Pesto Recipe

Best pasta sauce recipes

Coat your pappardelle or spaghetti in rich, slow-cooked ragu, fresh and speedy pesto, spicy tomato sauce and more

Looking for a tomato pasta sauce? Want to make the perfect pesto? Try our easy homemade pasta sauces below, then check out our homemade pasta recipes.


Want to take your pasta dish to the next level? Make a meal of it and pair with a classic negroni cocktail (recipe here), then serve one of these Italian desserts.

Homemade pasta sauce recipes

Easy bolognese sauce

Our all-in-one baked bolognese is super simple, low in calories, requires very little preparation time and tastes amazing.

Baked bolognese sauce

Homemade pesto sauce

Pesto is pasta’s very best friend. Make it as good as possible with fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan.

Easy Classic Pesto Recipe

Kale pesto

Swap basil for kale to make this vibrant Italian sauce – toss through spaghetti, add to pastry tarts, or stir through baked gnocchi.

Béchamel sauce for lasagne

The secret to a perfectly smooth béchamel sauce is to add the milk slowly, and whisk vigorously in between each addition. This means the roux can fully absorb into the milk. Take your time! Use this sauce to make our classic lasagne.

Béchamel sauce

Spaghetti and meatballs

Check out this recipe for the Italian classic, spaghetti and meatballs, packed with plenty of flavour and topped with nutty parmesan.

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Cacio e pepe sauce

This classic Tuscan pasta sauce made using black pepper and Parmesan cheese is super simple but extremely indulgent. This iconic recipe comes from Borough Market’s Padella.

pici cacio

Smoky sausage ragu

The best sausage pasta sauce. Add a hint of smoked paprika and fennel seeds for a much more interesting sauce than you can buy in the shops.

Smoky sausage ragu pasta

Pea and mint pesto sauce

This fresh-flavoured pasta sauce is super quick and easy – perfect to throw together for the family after work. Pine nuts add a bit of welcome crunch to the pesto sauce.

Linguine with peas and mint pesto

Chilli tomato pasta sauce

Try this prawn linguine recipe for a simple tomato sauce with a chilli kick. It’s so delicious you’ll forget that you’re being virtuous.

Spicy Prawn Linguine Recipe

One-pot tomato and basil pasta

Pasta and sauce all cooked in one pot? Sounds mad but it works. Try Sabrina Fauda-Rôle’s tomato and basil pasta recipe tonight.

One-Pot Tomato and Basil Pasta Recipe

Mushroom bolognese sauce

Make your bolognese sauce meat-free with a rich ragu of dried porcini and chestnut mushrooms and plenty of vegetables. A low-fat, vegan meal.

Vegan Mushroom Bolognese Recipe

Sicilian pistachio sauce

Have a go at our Sicilian pistachio pasta sauce, one of the most divine pasta dishes the island has to offer. The ingredients are simple and it’s ready in 20 minutes.

Salsa Di Pistacchi Recipe (Pasta Recipe with Pistachio Sauce)

One-pot pasta with goat’s cheese and spinach

This recipe combines wilted spinach and soft goat’s cheese to create a creamy and rich sauce. Garnish with some extra parmesan and enjoy as a super simple midweek meal.

One-Pot Pasta Recipe With Goat’s Cheese And Spinach

Best spaghetti bolognese

We’ve perfected a true family favourite and even have tips on how to easily make it in a slow cooker. This recipe is the ultimate hearty midweek comfort food.

Best-ever spaghetti bolognese

Slow and low goat ragu with orecchiette

Check out this rich and flavoursome melt-in-the-mouth goat ragu. It may take a little time but you’re sure to impress.

Goat Ragu Recipe with Orecchiette Pasta served in2 round pasta dishes with a high grating of parmesan