Simple Sauces and Such

Basil Pesto

Vegan vegetable pesto pizza

Bold-flavored pesto sauce is arguably the most celebrated use for basil. Here’s a basic recipe, just right for a good-sized amount of your favorite pasta. It’s also good used as a sandwich spread, as a change of pace pizza sauce or dressing for potato salad.

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Classic Marinara Sauce

Marinara pasta sauce recipe

There are many excellent pasta sauces on the market, and they can’t be beat for convenience. But they can’t compare to a homemade marinara, and the wonderful aroma that will permeate your kitchen as it cooks!

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Vegan Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin bread pudding

This sweet caramel sauce makes a great addition to pies and ice creams, but you should try it along with the Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Contributed by Beverly Lynn Bennett (reprinted by permission of the author), author of Vegan Bites* and other titles*. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Cranberry-orange sauce recipe

Include this wonderful sweet yet tart cranberry orange sauce at your next Thanksgiving feast. Contributed by Leslie Cerier from Going Wild in the Kitchen: The Fresh and Sassy Tastes of Vegetarian Cooking* (reprinted by permission of the author and Square One Publishing). Try this sauce with the Tempeh Stew with Wine and Shiitake Mushrooms. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Quick Tartar Sauce

This super-easy cold sauce made with just three ingredients — vegan mayo, relish, and mustard — is perfect for simple sautéed or grilled tofu or tempeh recipes. more→

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Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada sauce recipe

Cooked tomato-based sauces such as this enchilada sauce is a great way to enhance southwestern-style specialties, especially ones that are tortilla-based. It’s a good bet for those who are wary of super-hot chili-based sauces—you can give it a milder flavor, especially if you use poblano peppers rather than the smaller, hotter varieties. more→

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Miso-Ginger Sauce

Ginger on table

Serve this easy miso sauce over pan-sautéed tofu or tempeh, or toss it with noodles. It’s also delicious over steamed broccoli and summer or winter squashes. Miso, a fermented paste made of soybeans, comes in several varieties; read the article on miso on VegKitchen’s Healthy Vegan Kitchen page. more→

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Creamy and Rich Vegan Alfredo Sauce for Fettucine

It is hard to believe that something that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes can be so good, but it really is!  Makes enough for 1 pound of pasta. With additional nutritional yeast, this can be used as a cheese sauce for lasagna. You can vary this by sautéing onions, mushrooms, diced red bell peppers or other vegetables first, then adding the other ingredients. Contributed by Miyoko Schinner. Make sure to view the related video demonstrating how to make this delicious sauce. more→

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