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Sauces for Food to Make Each Dish Special

Updated on June 3, 2015

Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Sauces for Italian Food

Sauces can spice up a meal and enhance the flavor of a piece of meat or vegetables. There are many types of food sauces for meat, vegetables and desserts.

Many common sauces are made with tomato paste and used with Italian meals. A homemade tomato sauce takes about two hours to cook to achieve the correct thickness. While fresh basil leaves, and garlic are typically found in these sauces you can use oregano and other spices to taste. A serving is typically about 158 calories. You can cook the sauce on top the stove on in a crock pot. You can make a large batch of tomato sauce and freeze the rest.

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

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Eggs Benedict with Sauce

Hollandaise Sauce:

  • This sauce is commonly made for Eggs Benedict. It is a rich sauce with egg yolks and butter, which is warm when it is poured over the Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Benedict are made with Canadian bacon, English muffin, eggs and seasoning.

Talapia with Lemon Sauce

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Lemon sauce:

  • It is made to use on fish. It is usually a light sauce with lemon juice and lemon zest, butter, shallots and some herbs. It is placed over the fish before it is cooked in the oven or by steaming

Angel Food Cake with Lemon Sauce

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Many Uses for Lemon Dessert Sauces

Lemon Dessert Sauces:

  • They are very popular for desserts. As you would expect, there is lemon juice and zest, sugar with a few other ingredients. It is cooked on the stove to thicken and poured over many different desserts, such as bread pudding, fruit cake and other types of cake, puddings and so forth. There are many different types of fruits to make a wonder dessert sauce. For example, oranges are frequently used. Most of the time there are no leftovers but the sauce could be kept covered in the refrigerator for a few days if necessary

Basic Fruit Sauce

Sugar Based Sauce with Fruit

Basic sugar sauce:

  • These sauces are made from sugar, evaporated milk, butter and vanilla and can be used over many desserts, usually a dessert with some type of fruit such as cranberry squares. You can use this basic sweet sauce and add a variety of fruits for different flavor experiences.

Chocolate Truffles

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Yummy Chocolate Desserts


  • There are numerous chocolate recipes that can be poured over ice cream or any just eaten.. They can be kept in the refrigerator with a tight lid for several days.

Remoulade Sauce

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Tasty Remoulade Sauce

Remoulade sauce:

  • This is a cold sauce which was invented in France, which has and various condiments. It can be spicy depending on which recipe you use. It was designed to use over beef, but it has become very popular with seafood dishes. It should be kept in a container with a tight lid in the refrigerator

Chateaubriand with Béarnaise sauce

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Béarnaise sauce

Béarnaise sauce: 

  • This is another French sauce made with clarified butter, egg yolks, shallots, chervil, peppercorn and tarragon.  It is difficult to make and chefs say it takes years of practice to be perfect.  This is made for beef, particularly Chateaubriand

Making Béarnaise sauce

Baked Talapai with Spinach and Pecan Pesto

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Pesto with Spinach and Pecans -Delicious

Spinach and Pecan Pesto:

  • This is used as a sauce for fish or filling for chicken or you can toss it in with pasta.  In addition to the spinach and pecans, there is basil, extra virgin olive oil, shredded parmesan cheese, garlic and salt.  Refrigerate this pesto if you don’t use it right away in a sealed container.

Onion Sauce: over Lamb

Onion Sauce for Lamb or Duck

Onion Sauce:

  • This sauce is made with onions, vegetable broth, cream, butter, flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Then, it is cooked in a saucepan in the stove. It is served with lamb or duck.

Cheese Sauce with Steamed Vegetables

Cheese Sauce for Any Vegetable.

Cheese sauce:

  • This sauce can be made using cheddar cheese and evaporated. It is delicious poured over vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli. The vegetables can be steamed, boiled or baked.

Grilled Steak

Beer Steak Sauce for Grilling

Beer Steak Sauce

  • This sauce is for brushing over meat cooking on the grill. Combine beer (stout), chili sauce, vegetable oil, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, onion and garlic. You continue basting the meat until it is done to your satisfaction.

Hundreds of Sauces

I can think of dozens of sauces that are not listed above and there are many I am sure that i know nothing a bout. Sauces enhance the flavor of food and sometimes change the taste all together. It makes some food look a little more appealing or fancy. Cooking sauces for the most part is not that difficult. I tied to get a few sauces for meats, vegetables and desserts. i hope you've enjoyed the hub.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby


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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Storytellersrus, That sounds like a great idea. Living under budget is a challenge for so many. Thank you for your comment.

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    Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Adding sauces is an inexpensive way to create a special meal under budget. I am going to link this hub to my hub, meals for the unemployed. Thanks!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Nancy, i'm glad you enjoyed the hub. As always, I appreciate your comments.

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    nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

    Great hub. I enjoyed learning about all the sauces. My favorite was the chocolate sauce. I'm a chocolate lover.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Habee, Thanks for your comment.

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    Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

    I am all about some sauces, girlfriend! Excellent hub!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Roberta, Thank you for your comment.

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    Roberta99 7 years ago

    Always enjoy your hubs. Keep up the good work.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Research Analyst, Thanks you so much for your comment.

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    Research Analyst 7 years ago

    my favorite sauces are ones used in pasta and next would be gravy for potatoes. This is a great hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    billy, Yes, that ids the most difficult sauce to make. Thanks so much for your comment.

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    billyaustindillon 7 years ago

    Lots of good sauces here Pamela - I have to say though the standout is the Hollandaise sauce, it is so hard to get just right and make eggs Benedict memorable for all the right reasons :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    akirchner, Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for your comment.

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

    Fabulous! There are so many delicious sauces and ways to make them I could look for recipes I have another spot to come get them. Wonderful job, Pamela.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    drbj, I;m glad you enjoyed this hub. Thank you for your cojment.

    Carolina, Glad you liked the hub. Thanks for you comment.

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    carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    There's some really cool ideas here!!!

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    Hi, Pamela. So many delicious sauces and so little time. You drew me in with that first photo of pasta & tomato sauce. Very informative with Wow! photos. Thank you.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Anginwu, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank your so much for your comments.

    Katiem, Thank you for your comments.

    MPG, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your compliment.

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    Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    As I tend to cook mainly Italian I forget how many different types of sauces there are, thanks for sharing so many Pamela. Mmmm, the dessert ones look so good.

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    katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

    I love the idea of adding a zing with sauces. :)

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    Wow, what a variety of sauces and the French ones, I don't even know how to pronounce their names. Love pesto sauce the best and use them often. Great accompanying pictures. Rating it up.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    RedElf, Thank you for your comments.

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    RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

    Great pictures, Pamela. I really appreciated the explanation of basic ingredients for each sauce.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    My Friend Darlene, I am glad you get pleasure from reading my hubs. Thank you so much for your kind words.

    Tom, Thank you Tom for your comment.

    Greatlife, Thank you so much for your kind comments.

    Amber, That is so true, Thank you for your comment.

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    Amber Allen 7 years ago

    Hi pamela

    A great hub. The right sauce not only compliments what it is accompanying it often makes it go further. A win win situation!


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    Greatlife 7 years ago

    Wow such a wide range of cooking sauces to choose from makes my job difficult. Thanks for sharing this hub with ingredients that create magic.

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    Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    With all these yummy sauces my mouth is watering!!!!!!!!

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Oh my Béarnaise sauce is my favorite delight, add mushrooms on top and what a wonderful taste, that must be why I am overweight, reading your hubs is like have a great meal, I love and enjoy them each and every time. Your fan and friend, darski

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Hello, You are so welcome. Thank you for your comment.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for explaining all these various sauces.