3 simple sauces to elevate any dish

PPhoebe December 17, 2023 7:01 AM

Anyone who loves to cook knows that a great sauce can elevate a dish from average to exceptional. A well-made sauce adds depth, flavor, and a touch of gourmet flair to any meal. In this article, we'll explore 3 simple sauces that you can whip up at home to enhance your dishes, making them taste even better.

The beauty of homemade sauces

When you make your own sauces at home, you control the ingredients. You can adjust the flavors to suit your palate, use fresh and high-quality ingredients, and avoid the preservatives and sodium often found in store-bought sauces. The three sauces we will discuss are versatile, simple to prepare, and can be paired with a wide range of dishes.

1. Classic Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel sauce, also known as white sauce, is a classic French sauce made from butter, flour, and milk. It serves as a base for many other sauces and dishes like lasagna. Here's how you can make it:


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the flour until smooth.
  3. Gradually whisk in the milk.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened. Season with salt and white pepper.

2. Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

A basic tomato sauce can be used in countless ways - with pasta, in stews, or as a topping for pizza. And it's incredibly easy to make.


  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: fresh basil, oregano, or other herbs


  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper. If using, add your herbs.
  3. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Tangy Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauce adds a sweet and tangy punch to grilled meats and vegetables. Here's a simple recipe:


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

All three sauces can be stored in the refrigerator for a week. Next time you prepare a meal, try adding one of these sauces. You'll be amazed at how much they can elevate your dish.

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