Pink Marinara Sauce – Italian Pink Sauce Recipe (VIDEO)

Chef Jason Hill shares his favorite pink marinara sauce, also known as an Italian pink sauce, in this episode of “Chef Tips.” Inspired by a sauce served at Newport Beach restaurant Mama D’s, this Italian pink sauce recipe is delicious with spaghetti, ravioli, and eggplant parmesan. Here is Jason’s recipe for pink sauce:

1 jar roma or plum tomatoes
1 tablespoon dried or fresh basil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 teaspoon garlic-shallot puree or 1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and sugar for seasoning


Preheat pan on medium high heat. After 1 minute, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and saute carrot and onion until soft and translucent. Add the garlic puree and cook another couple minutes. After 5 minutes, add dried basil and tomatoes. After it starts to boil, sprinkle in crushed red pepper and put the lid on. Simmer 30 minutes. Remove lid and let reduce a bit more. Transfer to food processor or blender and pulse for 30 seconds. To finish, season with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar if it’s too acidic. To make the pink sauce, add about 1/4 cup heavy cream and mix again.

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