A sauce is a delicious way to bring together the different components of of a meal. The next time you eat out, inspect your plate. More likely than not, you'll find a sauce there - it's part of the reason restaurant food tastes better than home-cooked fare. When you're looking for sauce recipes, consider what you want your sauce to do. A rich, buttery Hollandaise gives your eggs Benedict a luxurious note, while a sweet, tangy gastrique (a pared-down sweet-and-sour sauce) drizzled over your roasted chicken lends sophistication. Nowhere is this more evident than the world of pasta. Spaghetti without sauce? No way. Fetticcini alfredo without the sauce? Useless! The best part is, many of them are easy to make once you know some basic techniques: Creating a rich pan sauce after sautéing meat is simply a matter of adding some wine and butter - and it takes less than 10 minutes.

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Best Barbecue Sauces Make You a Grilling Wiz

It's time to roll out the grill and jump-start the Great American Cookout. But don't just concentrate on wonderful chicken, ribs, and pork. Learn how to craft your own homemade barbecue sauces to make those meats really shine.

J&G Steak Sauce

Food & Wine

A sort of cross between A1 and Lea & Perrins, two steak sauces Jean-Georges Vongerichten admires for their assertive flavors, the chef created this rich, tamarind-inflected blend for his J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona. The sauce will keep for weeks in the refrigerator.

Total: 1 hr

Crimson Cranberry Chutney

Midwest Living
Total: 15 mins

Black Bean Salsa

Midwest Living

Roasted Beets and Shallots

Diabetic Living

Double Tomato-Caper Sauce

Diabetic Living

Browned Butter Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 20 mins

Creamy Dijon Dressing


Creamy, mustard-laced salad dressing features reduced-fat mayonnaise. This savory dressing is perfect for salad greens, pasta or potato salads, and can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator.

Total: 2 hrs 5 mins

Pesto Elephant Ears

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

These pesto-filled pastries can be made ahead. Just bake early in the day and reheat just before serving. Look for the easy directions in the recipe tip.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Scotto Sunday Sauce with Meatballs

Prego Italian Sauce

No need to save this recipe for's so tasty, you'll want to make it on weekdays too! Diced garlic toast is the secret ingredient that makes the meatballs delectable, and using prepared Italian sauce makes it as easy as it is good.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Flank Steak with Bean Relish

Diabetic Living

Sizzling steak on the grill is irresistible. Top it with vibrant bean and corn relish and you'll have diners dashing to dinner.

New Cranberry Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

Persimmons and pomegranates add vibrant color and a touch of sweet-tart tang to this holiday must-have. This recipe is amazing with roast turkey or pork.

Mild Red Barbecue Sauce

Diabetic Living

Pumpkin Pesto

Diabetic Living
Total: 15 mins
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