pink marinara Alfredo sauce

Pink Marinara Alfredo Sauce

May 4, 2022 No Comments

Combine all the incredible favors of traditional marinara sauce with creamy Alfredo to make this amazing pink marinara alfredo sauce.

Pink Marinara Alfredo Sauce

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

When did pink marinara alfredo sauce become a thing? Have I been living under a rock my whole life?

How did I have absolutely no idea that people were doing this. I only recently found out at an event that I went to for Rao’s Homemade in NYC.

I picked up a jar of Alfredo sauce to buy and someone causally asked me if I had ever added some to my marinara sauce.

pink marinara Alfredo sauce

Ummm noooooo sir I have not.

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that the thought didn’t even cross my mind.

Once they brought it to my attention it made so much sense.

I also learned that there are many names for this little sauce collab.

bow tie pasta with pink marinara Alfredo sauce

Some people call it rosa sauce, rose sauce and just plain old pink sauce to name a few.

Any name you want to call it, this pink marinara alfredo sauce is delicious.

I love the idea of using jarred Alfredo sauce, too. It’s great to have on hand in the pantry in case you want to jazz up your pasta night.

I’m making my marinara sauce from scratch but If you want to make your life even easier, use jarred marinara AND jarred Alfredo sauce.

bow tie pasta in sauce

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

The creamy, cheesy flavors of the Alfredo bring such a nice richness to the traditional marinara sauce.

They combine beautifully together. A true perfect match.

I know if you give this unique pink marinara Alfredo sauce a try you’ll love it just as much as I do.

What to serve pink marinara alfredo sauce with

The choice is ultimately up to you of what to serve with this unique sauce.

meatballs going into sauce

Here are a few suggestions that I think would compliment this pasta dish perfectly.

What can I use this pink marinara Alfredo sauce on?

The possibilities are endless as far as what you can use this sauce for.

penne in pink sauce

Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Chicken/ eggplant Parmesan
  • Dipping sauce

Pretty much anything that you would use traditional tomato sauce for could be swapped out for this pink marinara alfredo sauce.

WHY THE PASTA WATER?

You’re going to see pasta water and an ingredient in this recipe. People who have never cooked with that before often ask me why it’s necessary to add it. Or they’re confused on what pasta water even is. 

Well, pasta water is literally the water that you’re pasta is boiling in. Before you drain the water, reserve a ladle of the water to add to the sauce. The salty, starchy water is like pasta gold and here’s why:

  • The salty water adds another flavor level to the sauce. 
  • The starch thickens the sauce and also helps it adhere to the pasta. 

Pink Marinara Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

This little tip of adding pasta water works on almost every sauce. So next time you’ve got some in the stove give it a try. 

pink marinara Alfredo Sauce
  • Jarred Alfredo sauce (I like Rao’s Homemade)
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Ladle of pasta water
  • Pasta of choice

Instructions:

First, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

oil going into a hot pan

Next add the chopped onion, garlic and Italian seasoning.

italian seasoning going into hot oil, onions and garlic

Sauté that until the onion is soft.

stirring onions, garlic and Italian seasoning

Now add the crushed tomatoes.

crushed tomatoes being poured into the skillet

Season them with salt, pepper, garlic powder and more Italian seasoning.

salt, pepper and garlic powder going into the crushed tomatoes

Then let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes.

Stir frequent about once every minute or two.

stirring seasoning into crushed tomatoes

Next add the Alfredo sauce and stir it into the marinara.

Alfredo sauce going into crushed tomatoes

Now simmer the two sauces together for about 5 minutes. 

Alfredo Sauce stirred into crushed tomatoes

Add a ladle of pasta water to the sauce and stir it in.

pasta water going into tomato sauce

Lastly, add the pasta and stir it into the sauce.

bow tie pasta going into the pink Alfredo Sauce

Serve warm and enjoy!

bow tie pasta stirred into the pink Alfredo Sauce

Pink marinara alfredo sauce recipe video

Pink Marinara Alfredo Sauce

Add a little Jarred Alfredo Sauce to this easy marinara recipe for a brand new delicious sauce.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: alfredo sauce, pink alfredo sauce, pink marinara alfredo sauce, pink marinara sauce, pink sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning (more if desired)
  • 1 28oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbs garlic powder (more if desired)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 jar prepared Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 box bowtie pasta
  • 1 ladle pasta water

Instructions

  • In a large skillet with a tall lip, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and Italian seasoning. Saute for about 2 minutes or until the onion is soft
  • Now add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the sauce cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Then add the Alfredo Sauce and stir it into the crushed tomatoes. Taste the sauce and add more Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and garlic powder if you'd like. Simmer the sauce for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add a ladle of pasta water to the pink marinara Alfredo sauce and stir it in. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir until the pasta is coated in the sauce.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

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