White Sauce Pasta

Red vs White Sauce Pasta – Which is Better?

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The world’s most loved food, pasta is well known for its versatility in taste and the variety of ingredients you can use in it. Starting from Italy in ancient times, now this food has become the world’s favorite. The health benefits of pasta are also an important reason behind its popularity. You can understand the popularity of pasta by the fact that in the United States, more than 60 percent of people love to eat it and do so regularly.

But this is nothing when you compare it with the house of pasta, Italy, where more than 80 percent of people have pasta on their daily dining table. However, the main thing in every pasta is the use of sauce in it. The thing that opens the gate of the diversity of tastes among pasta is the pasta sauce. Pasta depends upon the pasta sauces for specific tastes. Otherwise, it might taste similar in every type and will not get popular either.

When you talk about sauces, white sauce pasta, and red sauce pasta are the first names to come into your mind. These two are the most primitive and common types of pasta. These two taste totally different from each other and people divide into two groups about these two. Some of them prefer white, and some red. However, some pasta lovers say both two are the best versions of pasta and you should eat both of them.

Let’s try to conclude which one is better among these two. Following is everything that you should be aware of these two types, as this will make your decision easy to select the best option.

Ingredients and Cooking Method

The first thing of comparison is ingredients and the way of cooking. In red sauce pasta, the common ingredients used in it are tomatoes, red chilies, garlic, and olive oil along with some seasonings. Take the tomatoes and steam them for a few minutes, this will help you to peel them off. After that, mix all the ingredients in a mixer and cook it in a pan. You can add some meat to it as well according to your choice.

White sauce is very creamy and almost not spicy when compared with red sauce. Butter, milk or cream, cheese, and flour are its basic ingredients. First of all, take some butter in a pan and fry the flour in it.  Then start adding milk slowly while stirring it continuously. Make sure to stir continuously otherwise it will not gain consistency and will not be mixed perfectly.

Nutrition Facts

The next thing to consider is the nutrition facts of these two sauces. This will help you to decide which one is best for you depending upon your priorities. In red sauce pasta, total calories per serving are low and range usually between 150 to 250 calories. Cholesterol concentration is 0 percent in it. Fat is about 7 percent out of which 4 percent are saturated fats. Carbohydrates are 49 gram and essential nutrients like sodium (19%) and potassium (11%) are also present in it.

When you talk about white sauce pasta, the number of calories and fats are more than red sauce due to the presence of butter, milk, and cheese in it. In a serving of 500 grams, the fats are 73g, out of which 44g are saturated. The total number of calories is very high as it is 1186 calories. Cholesterol is also present in it as 200mg. Other essential elements are also present in low quantities.


Red sauce is a rich source of vitamin C and helps in strengthening the immune system. Moreover, it also acts as an antioxidant and helps in the fight against diseases. When it comes to white sauce, it contains a lot of calcium and other nutrients due to the presence of milk and butter. This is beneficial for your bones and teeth.


Both of these are among the top pasta sauces in Pakistan, and it’s quite difficult to choose the best between them. Depending on the ease in making, and some health benefits, red sauce pasta is somehow preferable over white. But the true pasta lovers enjoy both of them without getting into the discussion of the best one.

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