Pink Pasta Sauce

Pink Pasta Sauce Recipe

The pink pasta sauce is made of tomato sauce and heavy cream. It comes together quickly from just a few ingredients. Choose your favorite pasta type, such as spaghetti, penne, fettuccine, or tagliatelle, and serve with it. A pink pasta sauce is simply a combination of tomato sauce and heavy cream, but it is an excellent sauce you should try.

My first experience of pink pasta sauce came while visiting the Middle East. Everywhere I looked, people were enjoying pasta with a sauce I hadn’t heard of. Naturally, I had to try it!

In the region, it is very popular, and my friend doesn’t know anyone who doesn’t like it. As soon as I came home, I began making my own. Creamy pasta made more approachable by the tang of tomato sauce and creaminess of the heavy cream.

Do I Need Heavy Cream?

As with tomato sauce, heavy cream is somehow always associated with pasta. There are many recipes that include heavy cream, including this one. What if you don’t want heavy cream, or you don’t have any?

My favorite substitute is half and half. Half and half is simply equal parts cream and milk, whereas heavy cream is just cream.

It is likely that your sauce will be thinner if you plan to use half and half, but you can avoid this by simmering it for a little longer.

In addition, I experimented with combining tomato sauce with béchamel sauce. I made the béchamel cream or sauce with 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour.

After the mixture smelled like popcorn, I whisked in 1 cup of milk, and cooked the sauce until it thickened. I then combined the béchamel sauce with the tomato sauce.

Although it is easier to pour heavy cream from a carton, know that béchamel sauce will work just as well if you don’t have it.

How To Season Pink Sauce

If you want to add more flavor, you can add 1 cup of beef stock or a small splash of balsamic vinegar for a bit more tang. I just used salt, pepper, and dried Italian herbs in this recipe.

You can also add chili pepper flakes and Sriracha to make your sauce spicy.

Tomato Passata Or Tomato Paste?

A tomato passata is pureed and strained tomatoes, usually sold in bottles. It is 100% tomato without additives, unlike crushed or chopped tomatoes.

The tomato passata is also known as the tomato puree. If you think you can just blend crushed tomatoes to make passata, don’t be fooled.

You can’t just blend tomatoes and get passata. After they’re blended, they need to be strained and the residue is pushed through a fine mesh sieve.

Unlike tomato sauce, tomato passata contains no flavorings. Instead, look for tomato puree or tomato sauce without any flavorings.

It is not suitable for this type of sauce because of its thicker consistency and more intense tomato flavor.

Tips For The Perfect Pink Pasta Sauce

  • Make sure you do not overcook pasta if you are serving it with sauce. Overcooked pasta combined with sauce will turn out mushy.

  • The onions should be soft and almost like a paste when you add the tomato passata, but if there are chunks, you can blend them with the passata.

How To Serve Pink Pasta Sauce

You can serve it with pasta, but it also works well over chicken, seafood, and ravioli.

Pink pasta sauce

Time required for preparation: 5 minutes

15 minutes for cooking

Four servings

The ingredients

The sauce should be prepared as follows:

  • Butter or olive oil, 2 tablespoons

  • Chop one onion

  • Passata of one and a half cups of tomatoes

  • Garlic cloves, or garlic powder, if you prefer

  • Heavy cream, 1 cup

  • Approximately 2 teaspoons of dried Italian herbs

  • Add salt and pepper to taste

To serve: 

  • Pasta, desired type, 0.75 lb


The pasta should be cooked according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

Cook the onion, stirring for 5 minutes over medium heat, in olive oil.

If using garlic, cook for one minute after adding it.

4. Add tomato passata and Italian herbs.

Add heavy cream gradually after simmering for a few minutes.

Toss in the drained pasta and stir well.

Once warmed through, remove from the heat.

Enjoy your pasta while it’s still warm!

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Pink Pasta Sauce Recipe

This recipe yields 4 servings

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Time: 20 minutes

Creamy and luxurious, this pasta sauce combines tomato sauce, heavy cream, and a few tasty ingredients.

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The sauce should be prepared as follows:

  • Olive oil or butter, 2 tablespoons

  • Chop 1 onion

  • 1 12 cups tomato passata

  • Optional: 2 cloves of garlic, or garlic powder

  • Heavy cream, 1 cup

  • Dried Italian herbs, 2 tsp

  • To taste, add salt and pepper

To serve:

  • Pasta, desired type, 0.75 lb


    1. Drain and set aside the pasta once it has been cooked according to the package directions.

    2. Over medium-high heat, heat olive oil in a skillet. Add onion and cook stirring for 5 minutes.

    3. Cook for 1 minute with garlic, if using.

    4. Add tomato passata and Italian herbs.

    5. Add heavy cream gradually after simmering for a few minutes.

    6. Add the drained pasta and stir well.

    7. Heat until warmed through.

    8. Warm the pasta before serving.

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