Simple Sauce Recipes You Should Be Making at Home

Do you buy those packaged sauce mixes with the long list of ingredients you can't pronounce? Do you spend extra money on poor-quality jarred sauces because you think they're too hard to make at home? Think again.

All these recipes are made using simple to follow techniques, and require no special equipment or experience. Once you master these easy recipes, there's no limit to how many sauce variations you can invent!

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    Basic All-American Brown Gravy

    Homemade Brown Gravy

    The Spruce

    Making your own brown gravy recipe is about the same amount of work as using a packaged gravy mix. But, the taste is so superior to those artificially flavored packets; you'll never want to use them again!

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    Cheddar Cheese Sauce

    Photo © John Mitzewich

    This recipe is perfect if you're looking for a foolproof cheddar cheese sauce. A great cheese sauce is one of those sauce recipes that every cook must have in their repertoire. The other great thing about making your own, besides saving money, is avoiding all those "mystery" ingredients on the label of the canned, and packaged ones.

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    Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

    Photo © John Mitzewich

    This lemon caper butter sauce recipe is one of the simplest seafood sauces there is; it's also one of the most delicious! This lemon caper butter sauce is usually served with seafood, but it's also delicious with chicken, veal, or grilled vegetables.

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    Garlic Aioli

    Garlic Aioli

    The Spruce

    Garlic mayonnaise, or aioli, is one of America's most popular cold sauces. This simple aioli recipe has unlimited uses; from a super sandwich spread, to a great dip for vegetables, to a sauce for grilled seafood. There are many variations of this garlic mayonnaise - aioli recipe, but this is a standard base recipe, from which you can add any number of herbs and spices.

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    Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

    Photo © Flickr user rick

    Kansas City barbecue sauce is probably America's most popular barbecue sauce recipe. Rich, dark, thick, sweet, and tangy, this sauce is great on everything from smoked beef brisket, to the classic rack of pork ribs. This such and east recipe to make at home, and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry already.

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    Mushroom Gravy

    Photo © Flickr user Noonch

    What isn't great topped with a nice mushroom gravy recipe? Whether served over steaks, meatloaf, or roast chicken, this versatile sauce is a winner. Easy to make, and so much better tasting than any jarred or packaged sauce mix. This recipe can be made with chicken, beef or vegetable broth depending on how you plan to serve it.