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.

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Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
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.
By Adam Hickman

Chunky Black Bean Salsa with Corn & Bell Pepper

Rating: 5 stars 1
This TikTok-trending, veggie-packed salsa gets inspiration from Texas caviar (aka cowboy caviar), a dish created in 1940 to ring in the New Year by Helen Corbitt, who was a chef at Neiman Marcus. Scoop it up with tortilla chips or try it as a topping for grilled meat or fish, or as a filling for a quick quesadilla. 
Karen Rankin
By Karen Rankin

Skillet Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Rating: 3 stars 6
This steak, broccolini and pea dinner is a one-skillet meal that will be on your table in just 25 minutes! The pan drippings combine with mushrooms, broth and grainy mustard to make a thick and delicious sauce.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
This easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe calls for fresh tomatoes, so it's perfect for summertime when you have a bumper crop of homegrown beauties or you went overboard at the farmers' market. Aside from the tomatoes and a sprig of fresh basil, you need just a handful of pantry ingredients and 15 minutes of active time to make this healthy pasta sauce. Serve it over spaghetti or your favorite pasta shape on its own or with the addition of cheese, herbs, meatballs or sausage. Or use it in recipes such as lasagna and eggplant Parmesan.
By Julia Levy

White Wine Lemon-Caper Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 3
Got leftover white wine to use up? Make this mouthwatering lemony caper sauce that's great for drizzling on roasted chicken, fish, halloumi or tofu.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto & Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
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.
By Carolyn Casner

No-Peel Slow-Cooker Marinara Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Store-bought pasta sauce just can't compare to homemade marinara--and the slow cooker makes marinara from scratch much easier. This fresh tomato recipe was developed to preserve the summer bounty from your garden or farmers' market; it freezes well for up to 6 months so you can pull out pasta or pizza sauce anytime. Keeping the skins on makes it even easier, plus they contain pectin, which helps thicken the sauce.
Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

Avocado Pesto

Rating: 5 stars 10
Avocados add a silky consistency and cheese-like richness to this dairy-free pesto recipe. Toss it with pasta, spread it on baguette slices to make bruschetta, or use it for a healthy mayo substitute on your sandwich.
By Jason Mraz

Quick Turkey Meat Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 5
This lean meat sauce is made with ground turkey meat 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.
By Carolyn Casner

The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 1
This is our go-to recipe for homemade cranberry sauce. It's simple (just five ingredients!), is lightly sweet without being too sugary and has just the right amount of zesty flavor from orange peel. Plus, it's so easy--it goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes!
By Carolyn Casner

Cucumber Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 1
This fresh, tangy cucumber salsa is perfect for grilled fish or on its own as a simple side salad. Well balanced and easy to make, the flavor mellows and the cucumber softens as this sits, so it can easily be made a day or two ahead of time--or enjoy it right away, fresh and crisp.
By Liv Dansky

Sheet-Pan Sesame Chicken & Broccoli with Scallion-Ginger Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
In this healthy sheet-pan chicken recipe, meaty bone-in chicken thighs and broccoli florets are tossed with sesame oil and roasted on the same pan for a delicious and easy dinner with minimal cleanup. While the chicken and broccoli cook, whip together the simple scallion-ginger sauce. The sauce would also be wonderful spooned over salmon, tofu or grain bowls; it is easily doubled or tripled!
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

11 Peanut Noodle Recipes
Turn peanut butter and other pantry ingredients into a creamy sauce that coats noodles and vegetables for a delicious and easy dinner.
11 Recipes That Start with a Bottle of BBQ Sauce
From barbecue chicken to quesadillas, store-bought BBQ sauce is a quick, delicious way to add flavor to your meal.
Chopped Rainbow Salad Bowls with Peanut Sauce
Rating: 3.5 stars 5

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.