How to thicken pasta sauce? (Part-2)

Thickening pasta sauce is easy. The best way is to make a beurre manié, which is equal parts flour and butter mixed together into a paste. You can add the beurre manié directly in the saucepan with the pasta sauce, stir to combine thoroughly, simmer for about five minutes (the sauce will become slightly cloudy), then remove from heat. You can also add the beurre manié directly to your pasta before you serve it, mix thoroughly with a little bit of pasta water, then eat.

How to thicken pasta sauce?

How to thicken pasta sauce

Before you add the pasta to your thick sauce, make sure that it is fully cooked. The following steps will help you thicken up a spaghetti sauce that seems too runny:

1. Add another tablespoon of olive oil into a frying pan and turn on medium heat.

2. Once your oil is hot enough, stir in your minced garlic.

3. Add your cut up pepperoni, salt and pepper to taste, oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, mint leaves (if using), or whatever other spices you want to add into the frying pan. Let the ingredients cook until they are fully browned. Stir them often so they don’t burn. Make sure your heat is on medium or else the bottom of your pan will start to burn.

4. Once the pepperoni is browned, add tomatoes and let them cook for another 5 minutes. Stir often so the sauce doesn’t stick to the frying pan.

5. Add onion powder and garlic powder and let the sauce cook for another 7 to 10 minutes.

6. While the sauce is cooking, get a large pot of salted water ready for your pasta.

7. Once your sauce is cooked, add it to your pasta and mix thoroughly (be sure to remove any excess oil from the frying pan in order to keep your sauce from tasting too oily).

8. Add beurre manié into the pasta in small amounts and mix thoroughly so it can thicken properly.

9. Cook for another 7 to 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent burning or sticking. Enjoy!


1. You may want to brown you sauce for a deeper flavor.

2. Adding any spices that go well with your sauce will enhance the taste, too.

3. If you are making this sauce for guests, try adding shrimp or chicken to make it extra special. You can even make an Alfredo pasta sauce by adding cream and cheese to the ingredients.

4. Keep in mind that some foods take longer to cook than others, so be sure to try out your sauce before you add it to the pasta.

5. If you are using canned tomatoes, make sure you drain your tomato juice first! Otherwise, your pasta sauce will be too watery.

6. If you want to make a white pasta sauce, add in milk and cream (about 1 cup) and let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes until it starts to thicken.

7. The longer your simmer, the thicker your sauce will get due to evaporation!

8. You may need to let your sauce simmer for a few hours if you want it to become really thick.

9. Make sure you check out this article on how to choose the best tomatoes for your pasta sauce!

Ronney Bien

Ronney Bien is a culinary visionary and a maestro of pasta artistry, whose passion for pasta knows no bounds. With a deep-seated love for the Italian culinary tradition, Ronney has made it his life's work to create pasta that tantalizes the taste buds and leaves a lasting impression.

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