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Pesto & Friends: 5 Homemade Sauces To Kick Up Your Cooking

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Pesto & Friends: 5 Homemade Sauces To Kick Up Your Cooking
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Homemades sauces like pesto are the easiest way to turn up the volume on your cooking. Pesto itself will kick up pastas, sandwiches and salads but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With other homemade sauces like bechamel and aioli you'll add loads of flavor and texture to your dishes without spending hours in the kitchen. We've also thrown in a decadent chocolate sauce guaranteed to make any dessert simply irresistible. 


No one does pesto like the Italians and that's for a reason: this chunky green sauce originated in the Ligurian coast. Use pesto in pastas, sandwiches, vinaigrettes and even with chicken and seafood.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

This sauce is the Italian answer to Mexican pico de gallo. Fresh and sun-dried tomatoes are chopped and mixed with onions, garlic and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

Bechamel Sauce

This thick and creamy sauce is the secret to making the best mac and cheese, luscious lasagna bolognese and to up the yum factor on countless other dishes.


Forget ketchup! Use garlicky aioli for dipping fries, croquettes and other tasty fried treats. Aioli is also great tucked into sandwiches, burgers and wraps.

Chocolate Sauce

The sky is the limit when it comes to enjoying this chocolate sauce. Use it to dip fruit, drizzle over cakes, scones and even blend with peanut butter for an extra decadent treat.

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