Gluten Free Alfredo Sauce

My family isn’t really into traditional tomato pasta sauce… we love Alfredo Sauce. Tonight I threw together what I had in the fridge and every person at my table raved and my youngest even had 2 helpings of pasta… this is a kid who HATES pasta night. So I will take that as I did really well.


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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

My family – myself included loves Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce. It is tasty, yet expensive to buy, so I only buy it when it is on sale. Well today I decided I was going to try and make my own version. And it came out really great!

IMG_8806 Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce | Small Town Living in Nevada


Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce | Small Town Living in Nevada

For the sauce:
  • 1 whole Butternut Squash – Roasted (4-lbs)
  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 TBSP garlic, minced
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 6 oz water
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  1. Melt butter and olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Add onion and celery and sauté until onion is translucent. Add garlic and sauté another minute. Add tomato paste, sugar, salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Sauté another minute. Remove from heat and add all ingredients with water. Process until smooth texture.
  2. Serve over pasta.

Italian Sausage, Garlic and Basil Pasta Gravy

I don’t normally buy sauce in a jar just because I can make it better and it is more affordable if it is homemade as well.

Add a caesar salad to go with your pasta and you have an awesome dinner!

Italian Sausage, Garlic and Basil Pasta Gravy

Italian Sausage, Garlic and Basil Pasta Gravy

30 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
8 oz mushrooms
1 lb Italian sausage, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp dried basil
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt

Heat a deep skillet or medium heavy bottomed sauce pot over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon, 1 turn of the pan, extra-virgin olive oil to pan or pot. Brown sausages 2 minutes on each side, transfer to cutting board. Slice. Add back to pot with garlic, mushrooms, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil and salt. Bring sauce to a bubble, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer sauce until ready to serve over your favorite pasta.