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Our Sauce Guide

Pasta and a jar of pre-made sauce is an easy meal when you’re in a pinch with little to no inspiration come dinner time. It’s fast, sure, but even pre-made stuff can get a little boring after a while. Enter: our new guide to all kinds of pasta sauces. We promise it’s easier than you think to whip together a flavorful homemade sauce with ingredients you likely already have in your fridge and pantry.

Whether you prefer creamy sauces to go with your favorite pasta, herbaceous green ones, classic red ones, or even flavorful nutty sauces, we’ve got the formula—and recipe—for you.

The Nutty Sauce

Two kinds of sesame—oil and paste (tahini)—plus the addition of fragrant ginger and salty, sweet, and spicy flavors make for a deliciously complex, nutty sauce.

Get the recipe for cold sesame noodles.

The Red Sauce

Our no-cook red sauce utilizes the heat from just-cooked pasta—no stirring and blending required. The best part? Biting into warmed cherry tomatoes bursting with sweet tomato-y flavor.

Get the recipe for spaghetti with no-cook red sauce.

The Creamy Sauce

A little bit of cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese can go a long way when it comes to flavoring your favorite pasta. But the special ingredient that makes this sauce feel fancier than your average cheese sauce? Fresh lemon.

Get the recipe for spaghetti al limone.

The Green Sauce

Not only is pesto a great way to sneak in more greens, but it’s also the one we could throw together any night of the week. It doesn’t matter what green we have (spinach, kale, even carrot tops) or what nut we have (pine nuts are classic, but almonds, walnuts, and pistachios work, too), as long as you have both plus some olive oil and a bit of Parm, you’ve got dinner. Chances are high we, and probably you, too, have arugula and cashews for our latest take on pesto.

Get the recipe for arugula pesto.

What are the three types of roux?

A roux is a base used to give flavor and thicken sauces. It’s made by whisking together one part flour and one part fat (oil, butter, etc.) over heat. A white roux is made with flour, butter, and milk, and is a delicious base for cheese sauces, gravy, and casseroles. A blond, or brown, roux gets its name from browning the flour and fat for longer before adding milk. The dark brown roux is the richest in flavor and takes the longest to cook. To achieve the rich flavor of a dark brown roux, you will want to cook it for up to 35 minutes over low heat. It makes an excellent base for gumbo and Cajun dishes.

Read even more Misfits Market cooking guides:

Our Soup Guide

Our Produce Grilling Guide

Our Veggie Roasting Guide

How to Freeze Produce

Our Pickling Guide

Comments (4)

There wasn’t any list of what I ordered, just a box of food. Not impressed!
Will someone connect with me via email?
Thank you

Hi, David. We appreciate your feedback, we’re always taking note of ways to improve the Misfits Market experience. We’re very sorry to hear you’ve had a negative experience with us. All of our valued customers are very important to us, including you, and we are working hard to make things better for everyone as quickly as possible.

We invite you to reach out to our customer support team using our contact form ( ). They will look into making it right and use your feedback to better the Misfits Market experience.

Alternatively, if your order was made in the last two weeks, we have recently optimized our customer feedback portal to offer a faster and easier way to communicate with our Customer Success team and report an item or delivery issue with a recent order. Simply go to your account page, click through to My Orders, and click Report Issue and you’ll be on your way to quick, easy assistance.

We are so sorry again for your experience but look forward to resolving this for you as soon as possible.

Pease help me find where to FIND and ORDER FOOD. I have no idea. Do you have FUEL OIL? I need it despritely for my skin. HELP. Glad to pay for that!

Hi, Joy. Thank you for your interest! You can sign up for a Misfits Market membership at We’ll assign you the first available delivery day, or, you can change your preferred delivery day under your account settings. You’ll have a shopping window to edit your grocery order before your order ships, and then you’ll automatically be charged when your shopping window closes if there are items in your cart that meet your $30 order minimum.

You can always check your account to find the date your shopping window opens, when you’ll be charged, and when your order will be shipped. Once you’re charged and receive your confirmation email, we’ll make our best effort to deliver on your preferred delivery day and we’ll let you know via email if we’re experiencing any delays.

That said, we’re not currently sourcing any fuel oil. Our selection depends in large part on what is seasonally available as well as what our partners have to offer us at any given time, which is part of the fun/unpredictability of food rescue. We hope this helps! Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns. Our customer success team is happy to help with any requests submitted through our contact form:

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