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Sauces to Add to Your Culinary Arsenal

Sometimes the perfect sauce is all you need to make a dish work. Once you master these five classics, you'll always have a reason to lick your plate clean!
Sauces to Add to Your Culinary Arsenal
Sauces to Add to Your Culinary Arsenal
Created from scratch in the SideChef Kitchen, where recipe inspiration and ingredient experimentation are a way of life.
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Created from scratch in the SideChef Kitchen, where recipe inspiration and ingredient experimentation are a way of life.

Sauces You’ll Always Want on Hand

The right sauce is a combination of many things-- bold flavor, pleasing texture, and vibrant color. The best of them, or at least the most essential, can also be used flexibly and creatively. Here are some of those sauces you’ll want to make in bulk, use throughout the week, and experiment with in the kitchen!

Pesto Sauce


Pesto Sauce from Scratch

Mi Terruño Food

There are few sauces as truly versatile as pesto. You can put it on chicken, fish, pasta, potatoes, and so much more. This recipe yields a creamy version of the classic that you’ll always want to have around. Make it with fresh herbs for the best taste, then freeze anything left over and use it when you need a fast meal.

Argentinean Chimichurri


Argentinian Chimichurri

The Fuddhist

Chimichurri has the same vibrant green color as pesto, and its spicier kick makes it perfect for zesting up red meat. Don’t use a food processor for this one, otherwise, the blend will be too fine. You want those authentic chunks of garlic in each bite. The catch here is that it's best when it has had a couple of days to sit, so plan ahead!

Traditional American Barbecue Sauce


Bucket of Red Barbecue Sauce


This is the kind of sauce you'll want to keep tubs of because it can be used for so many things. Slather it on just about any meat and you have an instant winner! The version in this recipe is tomato-based with balsamic vinegar and plenty of spices...a traditional American sauce through and through.

Homemade Marinara


Homemade Marinara Sauce

Garlic & Zest

Another red sauce that you’ll want to keep handy is marinara. It’s great on pasta, of course, but can also be an excellent topping for pork and chicken. Let’s not forget lasagna, either! While there are plenty of versions that vie for title of “Best Marinara,” you won’t go wrong with this classic here. It’s easy to make and seriously tasty.

Caribbean Pepper Sauce


Traditional Caribbean Pepper Sauce


This pepper sauce will be a little different for most, yet it’s a winner if you like some heat. Plus, it goes with so much. Scotch bonnet peppers are used alongside vinegar, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice. It’s hot, that’s for sure, but it’ll be something to get your friends and family talking.

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