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Although there are plenty of delicious pasta recipes to try out, this Italian pink pasta sauce dish is especially fun to make! It pairs alfredo sauce with tomatoes, mozzarella and authentic Italian herbs and seasonings. The tomatoes blend with the alfredo sauce, creating a pretty pink sauce pasta dish which is great for any occasion from Valentine’s Day to a special birthday or even a quick and easy weeknight supper!

A bowl of spaghetti with a fork and pink pasta sauce.

This simple pink sauce pasta recipe boasts a tomato and cream sauce along with onion, garlic, shredded mozzarella cheese, and al dente spaghetti, to create a meal anyone who likes Italian flavors is going to enjoy.

Fans of delicious pasta dishes might also love baked cream cheese spaghetti, ricotta beef stuffed pasta shells, this crockpot lasagna soup recipe or maybe one of these hearty baked pasta recipes.

A person holding tongs over pink spaghetti sauce.

Why You’ll Love It

Easy:  If you often stir a jar of tomato sauce or pesto into cooked pasta to make a meal, you’ll find it just as easy to make pink sauce pasta, as you just cook the pasta, stir the sauce ingredients together and combine everything. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes, too!
A special treat: How often do you serve pink food? Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, Valentine’s Day or just cooking for someone who can’t get enough wonderful Italian flavors, this dinner might be super-simple but it’s also extra-special because of the color and tasty flavors. It is total comfort food!
Economical: You can make this pasta in creamy tomato sauce on a budget. Spaghetti is cheap, as are the tomatoes, alfredo sauce and seasonings, so even if you’re feeding a crowd with big appetites it won’t break the bank!

A pan of pink spaghetti sauce pasta.

Ingredients for Rose Sauce Pasta

Spaghetti is recommended for this dish (although other kinds of pasta work too). You also need a jar of alfredo sauce, a can of tomatoes, Italian seasoning, onion and garlic powder, mozzarella, salt and pepper.

Ingredients to make pasta with tomato cream sauce.

How to Make Pink Pasta Sauce

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Cook the spaghetti: Follow the directions on the package to cook the spaghetti.
Cook the sauce: While the spaghetti cooks, you can heat the alfredo sauce, tomatoes and all seasonings in a large skillet until it reaches a simmer.
Toss the spaghetti and sauce together: Drain the cooked spaghetti and toss with the sauce.
Add the cheese: Stir the mozzarella into the spaghetti mixture, heat through for a couple of minutes, then serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs if liked.

A bowl of spaghetti with tongs and pink pasta sauce.

Substitutions and Variations

This pink sauce recipe isn’t just for spaghetti, as you can sub any kind of pasta you want, such as penne, linguine, fusilli, or literally any other shape. Alternatively, try it over rice or potatoes.

A spaghetti being cooked in a pan with pink pasta sauce.

You can swap the alfredo sauce for creamy mushroom sauce if you like, add some red pepper flakes for a kick of heat or sub Italian blend cheese and a handful of parmesan cheese for the mozzarella.

A plate of spaghetti with Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce on a table.

Some home cooks like to sauté mushrooms with shallots or onion before adding the alfredo sauce, tomatoes and other ingredients.

A person holding a fork over a plate of pink pasta sauce.

Another idea is to sub vodka sauce or your favorite heavy cream-based sauce for the pink sauce, using this recipe as the basis of a new one.

A pair of tongs holding pink pasta.

How to Serve this Italian Pink Sauce Recipe

Enjoy this pink sauce pasta hot, perhaps paired with watermelon cucumber salad, butternut arugula salad, or your favorite Italian side dishes.

A plate of spaghetti with Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce on a table.

How to Store Italian Pink Sauce

Store:  Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge and warmed back up in the microwave. They will keep for up to 4 days.
Freeze: Freeze in portions, then thaw overnight in the fridge and microwave to reheat. This pink sauce pasta should keep for 4 months until it slowly starts to lose its flavor.

A pan of pink pasta with cheese.

Pink Pasta Sauce Recipe FAQs

What kind of meat does this go with?

Since it’s a vegetarian dish, you might want to pair it with a steak, ribs, lamb, chicken wings, or any other protein you want. It’s also good by itself as a vegetarian meal, or as part of a buffet spread.

How can you reheat this pasta with tomato cream sauce without it drying out?

It shouldn’t dry out if you microwave it, but if you prefer to heat it back up gently, then warm it up in a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of pasta water (if you kept any from cooking the spaghetti) or just tap water if not. Give it 3 to 4 minutes over a medium heat and don’t let it boil.

A pan of spaghetti with pink pasta sauce.

Italian Pink Sauce Recipe

5 from 44 votes

Easy Italian Pink Sauce Pasta

By: Bella Bucchiotti
This simple pink sauce pasta recipe boasts a tomato and cream sauce along with onion, garlic, shredded mozzarella cheese, and al dente spaghetti, to create a meal anyone who likes Italian flavors is going to enjoy.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 16 Ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 15 Ounces alfredo sauce
  • 14½ Ounces canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ Teaspoon onion powder
  • Teaspoon salt
  • Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions 

  • Follow the directions on the pasta box to cook the spaghetti. Set aside.
  • Next in a large skillet, mix the alfredo sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Heat over medium-low heat until it simmers.
  • Take off the heat and add in the pasta.
  • Mix to coat the pasta with the sauce.
  • Once the pasta is coated, incorporate the mozzarella.
  • Turn the heat to low and heat the pasta through for 1 to 2 minutes, then serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 2mg
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Unusual but delicious, this pink sauce pasta dish makes a tasty and warming dinner on a busy weeknight. It is a delicious cross between alfredo and a traditional tomato sauce. Everyone will do a double-take at the pink sauce but the combination of juicy sweet tomatoes and creamy alfredo is just too good to resist, while the Italian seasonings and mozzarella round it out to make it extra delicious. Make it with spaghetti, penne pasta or another favorite and serve garnished with a sprig of fresh basil.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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