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The 5 Best Pasta Sauce Recipes

By Hilary Meyer, November/December 2009

Join 5 star chefs as they whip up big batches of pasta sauce to savor now or save for later.


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Famed Italian chef and TV host of Lidia’s Italy Lidia Bastianich brought us her Salsa alla Capricciosa, a sweet and spicy red sauce made with Italian San Marzano tomatoes. Dietitian and host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite Ellie Krieger gave us a deliciously toasty Roasted Tomato & Almond Pesto that’s whipped up in 15 minutes flat. Italian cookbook author Giuliano Hazan contributed a slow-simmered Bolognese with rich meaty flavor, while Chef Paul Bartolotta of Bartolotta, Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas gave us Salsa Palermitana, a bright and tangy sauce brimming with lemon and oregano, from southern Italy. We rounded out the collection with cookbook author and sausage connoisseur Bruce Aidells, who offered a smoky, complex Iberian-Style Sausage & Chicken Ragù.

I think my family Sauce-Off tradition is as fun and delicious as it gets. But it’s also super-helpful—having a freezer full of sauces makes dinner easy, a welcome treat for the cook around the busy holiday season. And every time I enjoy some of the sauces my family lovingly made, it brings me back to our annual cooking “competition.” I can’t wait to bring these sauces from our favorite chefs to my family of foodies this year. Even though Uncle Martin will defend his Bolognese as being the best, little does he know I’ve got a few secret weapons up my sleeve.



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