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Stocks & Sauces: The Basics

If sauce making is the heart of classical cuisine, stocks could be considered the heart of sauce making. Understanding stocks and sauces is kind of like Culinary Arts 101 in that it informs and influences so much of culinary thinking and builds skills that will be indispensable. So get ready to take your cooking to the next level!
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  2. Sauces (88)

Meat Sauce Recipe
This classic Italian meat sauce is amazing for spaghetti and other pasta as well as lasagna. This meat sauce recipe is made with ground beef and pork for a rich, meaty flavor.

Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe
This simple tomato cream sauce is perfect for any kind of pasta. Enjoy this tomato cream sauce recipe.

Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce
This Italian sausage pasta sauce is made by browning Italian sausage and then simmering it in a fresh tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce Recipe
This simple, fresh tomato sauce recipe is perfect for pasta, pizza and lasagna. It's made with whole tomatoes and features a secret ingredient that adds a fresh, sweet flavor.

Step-By-Step: How To Make Clarified Butter
Whether you're making Hollandaise or a roux for thickening a white or brown sauce, you're going to need clarified butter -- which is purified butterfat. It only takes a few minutes to make, and this step-by-step guide shows you how it's done!

Step-By-Step: How To Make Roux
One of the most common thickeners for sauces and soups is a mixture of equal parts fat and flour called roux. Here you'll see how to make a roux using clarified butter.

Mirepoix
Mirepoix is a combination of chopped carrots, celery and onions used to add flavor and aroma to stocks, sauces, soups and other foods.

Pesto Recipe
Pesto is a fresh sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, cheese and olive oil. This pesto sauce recipe is perfect for pasta and gnocchi.

Gorgonzola Sauce Recipe
Gorgonzola sauce is amazing served with pasta, gnocchi or even grilled steak. This Gorgonzola sauce recipe is made with cream, Gorgonzola cheese and ...

Alfredo Sauce Recipe
This Alfredo Sauce recipe can be served with your favorite pasta. The classic Fettuccine Alfredo is made with this alfredo sauce. Add some cooked chicken to make Chicken Alfredo.

Thickening a Sauce with Roux
When you thicken a sauce or gravy with roux (which is half butter, half flour) you'll want to use the right amount so that your finished product isn't too thick.

3 Easy Dessert Sauces
These three easy dessert sauces will suit any type of dessert, whether it's a frozen treat like ice cream or baked yummies like cakes and muffins.

Beurre Manie
What is Beurre Manie? In the culinary arts, the term beurre manie refers to a mixture of equal parts butter and flour that is used for...

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