8 non-marinara pasta sauces to use in place of red

Alfredo Because fettuccine alfredo is essentially heavy cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese, it has been dubbed "heart attack on a plate." Although fettuccine is the typical pasta dish with alfredo sauce, other pasta varieties such as linguine or spaghetti also work well. The recipe is available at Modern Honey.

Amatriciana Are you in need of a little kick? Named for the Italian town of Amatrice, amatriciana sauce consists of pecorino cheese, tomatoes, guanciale (pork cheek), olive oil, and red pepper or red chilies. Ironically, this Food and Wine recipe does not call for the addition of white wine.

Béchamel Béchamel is a French sauce composed with flour, butter, and milk. It is often referred to as "white sauce." It is most commonly used with pasta on top of lasagna, or moussaka, which is essentially an eggplant-based Greek lasagna. Béchamel becomes Mornay sauce when cheese is added! We suggest making the simple white sauce recipe from Epicurious.

Black truffle Although black truffles might be pricey, why not treat yourself to a delicious pasta sauce instead? While recipes differ, this one from Jernej Kitchen uses olive oil, butter, parmesan cheese, and one truffle. Although it's not inexpensive, it's simple!

Bolognese Bologna, an Italian city, inspired the name of this creamy meat sauce, which has a hint of tomato in it. Pastas with greater thickness, such as fettuccine, pappardelle, and tagliatelle, pair well with the sauce's thickness. Check out Bon Appetit for the recipe. 

Butternut squash You can cook and puree butternut squash to make a tasty sauce that's definitely not marinara. Serve it over gnocchi for a delicious twist, as this dish from Food Network demonstrates.

Carbonara Serve carbonara sauce over spaghetti or linguine and garnish with black pepper, cheese, pancetta, heavy cream, and garlic. It's also known for occasionally including peas and bacon, as in this Pioneer Woman dish.

Cheese sauce Since cheese sauce isn't the same as marinara, why not make mac and cheese? We're not talking about the powdered kind here, but rather something a little nicer, like this Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Cooked by Julie, which uses Pecorino, Gruyère, Muenster, and cheddar.

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