Best Italian sauces: a trip across Italian flavors
No excuses are needed to eat pasta but in case we can help you! Italian gastronomic culture is full of sauces recipes going from the easiest to the richest, making sauces perfect to every palate, diet and pantry. Following us in this trip across Italian local traditions you will discover the historic recipes of some of the best Italian sauces: genuine tastes and authentic scents hailing from the Italian Riviera until Sicily, the most Southern Region of the Mediterranean Sea. By the end of this reading you'll get to know recipes' hidden secrets and you'll savor sauces like an Italian family would do!
Cacio pepe: a Roman institution
Cacio Pepe is a creamy and smooth sauce dating back to the ancient rural Roman cuisine. As its name suggests, this recipe is based on two easy to find ingredients: Roman Pecorino cheese and black pepper. This enveloping sauce enhances its smooth texture when paired with rough-surfaced pasta such as pici. Al dente cooking, a drop of cooking water and bit of practice and you will turn into a perfect chef like the ones of Roman trattorie!
Basil pesto: a Ligurian scent
Basil pesto is a raw Ligurian typical sauce created crushing small leaves of basil, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, Parmigiano Reggiano, Sardinian Pecorino cheese, garlic and a pinch of salt into a marble mortar with a wooden pestle. As we have explained here, nowadays such a traditional technique can be easily substituted by the use of a practical food processor. No matter how you prepare it: use it to flavor lasagne and pasta such as trenette, linguine or trofie and you'll immediately understand why it is considered one of the best Italian sauces!
Ragu Bolognese: a Sunday Italian icon
Ragu Bolognese is a meat-based sauce very rich in taste. Characterized by a long cooking, Ragu Bolognese is commonly used to season tagliatelle pasta or succulent lasagne. Every family is said to have its own recipe, anyhow the main ingredients are: ground beef, tomato passata, extra virgin olive oil, onions, carrots, celery, pepper and white wine to simmer. Unmissable festive taste of Italian families, this sauce is maybe one of the most popular in the world! Fun fact: lasagne are Garfield's favorite dish!
Norma sauce: a summery Mediterranean flavor
Norma sauce is a tasty tomato-based pasta condiment enriched with eggplant and salty ricotta cheese. Symbol of the Sicilian cuisine, this naturally sweet sauce is characterized by simple and genuine ingredients as you can see in the recipe we have suggested here. Enjoy it with rough-surfaced pasta such as fusilloni and rigatoni and it will be love at first sight! Savory, easy and quick, this recipe brings all the Mediterranean typical tastes into a unique irresistible dish.
Carbonara: a Roman-American recipe
Carbonara is another very famous Roman sauce, traditionally used to flavor rigatoni or spaghetti. Legend says it was created in 1944 by a Roman chef using products brought by American soldiers. Although the recipe has recently been modified in many different ways, its original version is the result of a perfect match between eggs, Roman Pecorino cheese, smoked pancetta or guanciale and black pepper. Choose high- quality ingredients an it will be the best Italian sauce you have ever tried.