How to Make Homemade Sauces

After a long day, being creative in the kitchen can be a challenge. Even though you know that the dreaded question, "What's for dinner?" is coming your way, it's not always easy to come up with an answer — especially if you don't have the basics covered. When your cupboard leaves a lot to be desired, nothing takes your cooking game up a notch like making classic sauces from scratch. By learning how to whip up a few common sauces, you can turn even the most simple ingredients into amazing meals. Plus, you can keep batches on hand for future too-busy-to-cook nights. Suddenly, knowing what to make for dinner won't seem so intimidating.

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Concoct a Classic Tomato Sauce

Fresh tomatoes, aromatic basil and chopped garlic come together in this simple but flavorful Italian-style tomato sauce that will have your taste buds singing arias. Ladle it over pasta, or better yet, throw it on a pizza crust as a bright-tasting base for your favorite toppings!

A large pot of tomato sauce with chopped basil.

Blow Away Bottled Barbecue Sauce for Homemade

Searching for a barbecue sauce that tastes great, has no artificial preservatives and is super simple to make? Look no further, because this 30-minute barbecue sauce will save you time and add zest to your meat dishes. Put it on slow cooker pulled pork for an easy, no-hassle dinner that everyone will love.

A mason jar full of barbecue sauce next to a spoon

Improve Any Meal With Cheese Sauce

Beer cheese sauce takes tasty to a new level. This savory sauce is delicious on pretty much anything, including veggies. Pour it over some steamed broccoli or even a baked potato the next time you need to add something extra to your sides. Yes please!

A wooden tray with a bowl of cheese sauce, soft pretzels and beer

Improve Your Pasta Sauce

Reward your mouth with this roasted garlic pasta sauce. Rich-tasting roasted garlic really creates dynamic and delicious flavor for only a few extra minutes of prep time. Plus, the healthy benefits of garlic are tough to beat.

Close up image of red sauce, with basil leaves and wooden spoon

Increase Flavor With a Balsamic Reduction

While balsamic vinegar is most famous for its role in salad dressings, this kitchen staple has so much more to offer. In minutes, it can be turned into a sweet, tangy sauce that will transform even a ho-hum dish into something gourmet. Try it on grilled summer vegetables like zucchini or eggplant, or even as a drizzle over strawberries for something sweet.

A spoonful of balsamic reduction sauce pouring into a jar

Heat Things Up with Buffalo Sauce

Bring the taste of your favorite hot wing spot home with buffalo chicken sauce. This recipe makes a phenomenal dip for chicken tenders, chopped veggies or quintessential chicken wings. Just be sure to have extra napkins around.

A white bowl filled with buffalo sauce surrounded by carrots and celery

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