How to Make Authentic Italian Pink Sauce Effortlessly

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Christina Flores

· 2 min read

What is Pink Sauce Italian

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Additional Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4-6


  • 1 pound of penne or fusilli pasta
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound of ground Italian sausage (or ground turkey or beef)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Steps to Cook:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes translucent.

  3. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for an additional minute, or until fragrant.

  4. Add the ground Italian sausage (or ground turkey or beef) to the skillet and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until it’s browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.

  5. Once the sausage is cooked, add the crushed tomatoes to the skillet and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Reduce the heat to low and add the heavy cream to the skillet. Stir to combine and let the sauce simmer for an additional 5 minutes, or until it has thickened slightly.

  7. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh basil, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes (if using). Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

  8. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss to coat it evenly with the pink sauce.

  9. Serve the pink sauce Italian pasta immediately, garnished with additional fresh basil, if desired.

Cook’s Note:

  • For a lighter version, you can use half-and-half or whole milk instead of heavy cream.
  • If you prefer a spicier sauce, you can increase the amount of red pepper flakes.
  • You can also add other vegetables, such as diced bell peppers or mushrooms, to the sauce for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a larger crowd.
  • Leftover pink sauce Italian pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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About Christina Flores

Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!