12 No-Cook Pasta Sauces You Should Make This Summer
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Want to beat the heat but still get a satisfying dinner on the table? Make one of our quick and easy no-cook pasta sauces. They're all based on the freshest ingredients, and you’ll only need to turn on the stove to boil the noodles. We’re talking no-cook tomato sauce, classic and out-of-the-box pestos, and so much more.
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Ripe plum tomatoes, fresh basil and parsley, chopped garlic, and olive oil come together in a delicious raw sauce for spaghetti. Finish with Parmesan cheese.
Creamy Smoked Salmon Sauce
We've turned our favorite bagel toppings into a spectacular vehicle for bow-tie pasta. Simply combine hot farfalle with red onion, cream cheese, fresh dill, and smoked salmon.
Tomato-Bell Pepper Sauce
Marinate colorful cherry tomatoes and bell peppers in a mixture of oil, red-wine vinegar, and garlic for just 20 minutes, and you'll be rewarded with a delectable sauce for shells. Top with fresh basil and creamy ricotta.
Raw carrots, toasted hazelnuts, garlic, pecorino cheese, and olive oil make a vibrant orange sauce as flavorful as it is colorful. Top with more hazelnuts for the perfect amount of crunch.
Goat Cheese Sauce
Combine goat cheese with pasta water for a light creamy sauce that’s perfect for coating spaghetti. Baby spinach, fresh parsley and cilantro, lemon zest and juice, and toasted walnuts complete the dish.
Transforming Caprese salad into a pasta dish is astoundingly easy. Just toss your favorite noodle with olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, chunks of burrata or mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.
Not familiar with pesto that isn’t green? This Sicilian version is a riot of flavor and texture, thanks to the combo of red bell pepper, tomatoes, anchovies, capers, raisins, almonds, and Parmesan cheese.
Walnut Cream Sauce
Toasted walnuts, garlic, and heavy cream form a rich, buttery sauce for spinach linguine. Toss with more walnuts and plenty of Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley before serving.
Pasta water is the secret ingredient in this super light no-cook sauce. Just mix it with Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and juice, fresh mint, olive oil, and red-pepper flakes.
Upend your pesto routine with the winning flavor combination of peas, almonds, and lemon. Take it to the next level by using fresh summer peas instead of frozen.
Olive Tapenade Sauce
Bold flavors are at the heart of this scrumptious sauce -- briny Kalamata olives, fresh parsley and thyme, bright lemon and orange zest, and fiery red-pepper flakes. It clings beautifully to ribbons of pappardelle.