Healthy Sauce Recipes

Find healthy, delicious sauce recipes including BBQ, cheese, cream and pasta sauce. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto & Chicken

Rating: Unrated
8
This healthy summer dinner subs zoodles for pasta to help use up your zucchini bounty--as well as slash calories and carbs. Once the spiralized zucchini has time to soak up the herby pesto sauce, this chicken and pesto pasta makes particularly good leftovers.

Skillet Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Rating: Unrated
2
This steak, broccoli rabe and pea dinner is a one-skillet meal that will be on your table in just 25 minutes! The pan drippings combine with mushroom, broth and grainy mustard to make a thick and delicious sauce.

Chopped Rainbow Salad Bowls with Peanut Sauce

Rating: Unrated
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Make good use of crunchy and colorful seasonal produce in these meal-prep-friendly vegetable bowls. With just 30 minutes of prep, you get four healthy lunches that are ready to grab-and-go. We use bulgur, which cooks faster and is higher in fiber than brown rice, but you could swap in quinoa (or any hearty whole grain). Feel free to add chopped cooked chicken, shrimp or tofu for extra protein.

Creamy Broccoli Pasta

If you're looking for a simple weeknight pasta dish, look no further. This vegetarian dinner is done in only 20 minutes and packs plenty of broccoli along with creamy goodness thanks to mascarpone cheese and low-fat Greek yogurt.
By Carolyn Casner

Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Rating: Unrated
5
Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don't get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.

Dill Mustard Sauce

Rating: Unrated
1
This tangy mustard-dill sauce recipe is delicious served with smoked salmon, used as a vegetable dip or spread on a sandwich.

Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

Rating: Unrated
1
This lightened-up lasagna packs in the nutrients with plenty of spinach, carrots, and mushrooms--plus satisfies cheese cravings with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan.

Butternut Squash Alfredo with Chicken & Spinach

If you're not feeling like regular pasta tonight, turn to butternut squash noodles. These delicate veggie strands are a great base for any number of sauces and toppings, like this creamy and decadent Alfredo sauce with chicken, garlic and silky spinach.

Andrew Zimmern’s Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette

Chef Andrew Zimmern shared this recipe for zesty carrot salad dressing with ginger, tamari and toasted sesame oil. Serve it with salads and noodles or use it as a dipping sauce.

Garlic-Rosemary Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce

Rating: Unrated
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The eye of round is a lean, boneless cut of beef that's less expensive than a tenderloin or rib roast but just as delicious. It's best served medium-rare--when cooked to higher temperatures it can become tough. Topping it with a finger-licking-good horseradish sauce makes this roast beef holiday-worthy.

Quick Turkey Meat Sauce

Rating: Unrated
3
This lean Bolognese is made with ground turkey instead of ground beef and the result is just as delicious! Plus, finely chopped mushrooms are incorporated into the sauce (undetected!) for an easy way to eat more vegetables. Serve this healthy, hearty sauce with your favorite pasta, or over polenta with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Jason Mraz's Guacamole

In this easy guacamole recipe, musician Mraz prefers California Hass or Reed avocados because they are the creamiest. Adjust the heat, tang or other flavorings to suit your tastes.

Inspiration and Ideas

Flavor-Packed Picnic Condiments

The cooks in the EatingWell Test Kitchen know the power of a delicious condiment—using just a little can add a lot of flavor to your meal for just a few calories or replace full-fat mayonnaise and cheese that can really pack unnecessary calories and fat. Plus, with homemade condiments because you know what’s in your food (some processed foods have a long list of hard-to-decipher ingredients.) Pack more flavor into your next picnic with these delicious condiment recipes.

Healthy Recipes With Buffalo Sauce

Your love for all things saucy and spicy doesn't have to stop at Buffalo wings. We've taken cult-favorite Buffalo sauce and slashed the calories for a healthy sauce recipe to use to smother chicken, spice up a salad, give a kick to deviled eggs and even make vegetarian chicken wings in our Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites recipe.Watch Video

Red Wine Braised Mushroom Sauce

Rating: Unrated
1

Simple sautéed mushrooms are made sumptuous with the addition of red wine and rich mushroom or beef broth in this easy mushroom sauce recipe. Serve with steak or stir in a little sour cream and serve over egg noodles for a meat-free mushroom Stroganoff.