A Little Too Saucy? 18 Delicious Sauce Recipes

A Little Too Saucy? 18 Delicious Sauce Recipes

Some of the first things I learned to cook when I was growing up were sauces. Why? They’re easy, and incredibly difficult to mess up. As long as you don’t leave the simmering pot unattended and burn your whole kitchen down, you should be good. Here are eighteen sauces that you should know how to make. Don’t try to tackle them all at once, that’d be a disaster. Just try one per week and you’ll soon be pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good at whipping them up!


Buttermilk Ranch Dressing: Buttermilk ranch, although fattening, is absolutely delicious. Here's a delicious recipe that you can make the next time you whip up a batch of chicken tenders!

Spicy Cocktail Sauce: Cocktail sauce is one of the quintessential sauces you should know how to make. If you don't, here's your chance to learn! Serve it with some chilled shrimp or on the side with some freshly fried sweet potato fries.

Homemade Thousand Island: This is one of the best dressings to put on sandwiches. Personally, I don't like it on salad, but some people do. I think we can all agree this would be delicious on a Reuben.

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce: Why go out and buy a huge can of this delicious stuff when it's so easy to make at home? I love just sitting at home on a lazy afternoon, watching some baseball, and making my own ballpark nachos with homemade cheese sauce and pickled jalapenos.

Copycat Miracle Whip: This homemade recipe tastes just like the real thing.

Good Ol’ Gravy: Doesn't putting "good ol'" in front of something instantly make it sound better? This gravy is absolutely delicious. It's so good, in fact, that you can lie and say it's been a family recipe for generations. I won't tell anyone.


Holy Hollandaise: This hollandaise is neither holy or something that should be used as an exclamation when you stub your toe. But it sure is delicious! Try it on top of some roasted asparagus for a delicious combo!

Barebones Bechamel: Bechamel sauce is a classic French sauce made of butter, milk, and flour. It makes the perfect topping for roasted vegetables or some scrambled eggs. Try it out!

Plain Ol’ Pesto: There's nothing wrong with a plain old pesto. Try this out the next time you want a simple dinner!

Marinara Unlimited: I think I call this one Marinara Unlimited because of the flavors that get boosted out of the mix.

Manly Meat Sauce: Serve this manly meat sauce to the big eater in your life. Pour it over pasta, rice, meatloaf, or use it for a homemade pizza.

Black Peppercorn Alfredo Sauce: This Alfredo sauce is kicked up a notch with a heaping helping of cracked peppercorns! Feel free to tweak the recipe to your liking if you don't want it as peppery!

Latin American

Dan’s Salsa Verde: Well, today’s the first in a newer, more detailed series of articles we’re going to be doing for you at Recipe4Living where each of the editors walks you through recipes with a little bit more simplicity and a lot more pictures throughout the way. For my first at-bat, I’m going to show you how to make Salsa Verde, which is one of my favorite ingredients. It goes great when on top of enchiladas, on nachos, or just as a dip. Here we go!

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce: This sauce is what traditional Argentinian steakhouses serve with their cuts of beef. Personally, I think it goes great with almost anything, except ice cream. Do not put this on ice cream.

Copycat Whole Foods Fresh Salsa: We can't get enough of this salsa recipe!

Middle Eastern

Ten-Minute Tahini: Tahini is a pantry staple in most Middle Eastern kitchens. This is the foundation of dishes such as hummus and baba ghannouj. Though it's frequently sold in jarred form at supermarkets, it's so easy to make from scratch.

Roasted Garlic Hummus: Hummus is one of my favorite snacks, but adding roasted garlic into it creates a tremendous depth of flavor. If you're feeling lazy, you could even roast the garlic and add it to the store-bought hummus. I promise I won't tell anyone!


Tzatziki (Gyros Sauce): Tzatziki sauce isn't just for gyros, it makes a delicious dip too! I love to put it in a sandwich with crusty bread so the tzatziki softens it!

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