10 Quick And Easy Sauce Recipes

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Can you use some quick and easy sauce recipes? I love cooking from scratch, so after sharing my Bread Pudding Recipe a reader asked me for a vanilla sauce recipe. It’s crazy because when I wrote that post I thought to myself, “am I the only one that likes a sauce on bread pudding?” Thank you, Pat, for asking for a vanilla sauce recipe! Here’s the Bread Pudding Recipe in case you missed it.

Well, I started rummaging through my mom’s recipes and some old recipes I have and that’s what led to this post being written today. There is something about jazzing up a simple meal or dessert with a creamy sauce.

Some of these recipes are very old, and I have had to substitute butter for the original margarine ingredient. Lets’ get started. I can tell you right now, some are not low-fat, just giving you the heads up here.

Quick And Easy Sauce Recipes

1.Vanilla Sauce

I found this recipe in my mother-in-law’s recipe stash. She always made the best sauce recipes to put over bread pudding, banana bread, and pumpkin bread. If you pour a little vanilla sauce over the bread pudding, for instance, put a dollop of whipped cream on top and a cherry with a stem. Now we’re talking uptown desserts, right? You gotta love it!

Vanilla Sauce by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Grab a saucepan, add the sugar and cornstarch. Add the water, and whisk constantly over medium heat. Bring the mixture to boil, cook one minute. Add the butter pieces and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Best when served warm.

2. Lemon Sauce

This is another sauce my mother-in-law had in her recipe stash. Now, if I could find her carrot, raisin salad dressing I would be set. This is really good over a vanilla pudding, bread pudding, banana bread, or even pumpkin bread. Life is good when its homemade, right?

Lemon Sauce by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice from one lemon
Instructions
  1. Grab a saucepan, combine the sugar, corn starch, and salt. Gradually add the boiling water, stirring constantly. Simmer over low heat until it starts to thicken. When it’s thick enough, remove from heat. Add the butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir through. Tastes best when slightly warm or at room temperature.

3. Caramel Sauce

This is the caramel recipe I drizzle over popped corn, but also over ice cream. And another awesome thing I do with this caramel sauce is cover some fresh crisp apples. I may need to make some of this very soon!

Caramel Sauce by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Bring the brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Stir constantly and add the butter pieces and sweetened condensed milk. Continue stirring constantly over medium heat. Cook to a semi-firm ball. Cooking time will vary depending on how high you have the heat. If I drop some caramel in a cup of cold water and if it can be made into a semi-firm ball…it’s ready. 

4. Hot Fudge Sauce

This hot fudge sauce was really popular about 40 years ago. I think everyone in the nearby church handed out mason jars of this yummy chocolate to the whole neighborhood. It’s that good, I promise!

Hot Fudge Sauce by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Grab a medium size saucepan. Combine the butter and condensed milk in the saucepan. Stir until the butter melts and the milk is warm. Stir in the chocolate chips, stir constantly until the chips melt, and the mixture is smooth. When slightly cool, pour into a mason jar. This keeps for about 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. 

5. Tartar Sauce

If you’re like me, you have some fish cooked for dinner, and your husband asks, “do we have any tartar sauce?” That’s when I quickly grab a bowl and make this easy recipe. You will never be out of tartar sauce if you have these simple ingredients in your home grocery store.

Tartar Sauce by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill pickle
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon pimento
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced onion
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients, stir until mixed completely. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

6. Sweet And Sour Sauce

Do you ever go to a Chinese food restaurant and wish you knew how to make sweet and sour sauce? I know, it has red food coloring, but oh my goodness, I still love it! This is great over baked chicken with rice. It’s perfect with homemade wontons, too!

Sweet and Sour Sauce by FSM
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons icy cold water
  • 2-3 drop red food coloring, if desired
Instructions
  1. Stir the corn starch into the cold water, mix until smooth, set aside. Combine the remaining ingredients (except the food coloring) in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the food coloring if desired. 

7. Teriyaki Sauce

I love teriyaki sauce and I didn’t want to have to buy the bottled ones at the grocery store. I never felt like I could use up the whole bottle, so I experimented and came up with this recipe. It’s easy and it makes just enough for a meal or two depending on how many I am feeding.

Teriyaki Sauce by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt or powder
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3/4 cup icy cold water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
Instructions
  1. I like to start by dissolving the corn starch in the icy cold water, stir until smooth. Set aside. Grab a saucepan, over medium heat, combine soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and honey. Heat through. Add the corn starch mixture and continue cooking until you reach the desired thickness. Add a little water to thin, if you need to. Fold in the sesame seeds and serve.

8. Egg Foo Young Sauce

I have to tell you about this recipe. I grew up with my mom making Egg Foo Young. Well, my girls loved it when they were growing up. Mark, not so much. So, now that the girls have moved out, I’m the only one that likes it. Actually, I LOVE it. I also experimented and come up with a baked Egg Foo Young.

Egg Foo Young you usually fry in oil in a frying pan. Well, I was looking for a healthier option and this is the recipe I make for myself now. LOL! Baked Egg Foo Young Then I scoop this Egg Foo Young Sauce over it, it’s delicious, I promise. If you like vegetables and eggs.

Egg Foo Young Gravy/Sauce by FSM
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bouillon cubes or 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or Bragg’s sauce
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Place these ingredients in a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Serve warm over egg foo young.

9. Alfredo Sauce

I must confess, I cringe when my husband orders Chicken Alfredo at a restaurant. I know it’s a heart attack waiting to happen, I think to myself. No, I don’t say anything because I know he doesn’t eat it often. Life is good with a meal you enjoy, right? Sometimes I just love to make an Alfredo sauce to serve over noodles, man is it good!

Alfredo Sauce by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated garlic
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Grab a saucepan, melt the butter, stir in the garlic, add the cream. Add the Parmesan cheese and simmer until thick and cooked through.

10. White Sauce

This is one of my very favorite recipes because I grew up on creamed chip beef and creamed tuna on toast. I make this white sauce a lot. If you can learn to make a roux with butter and flour and then add the milk you can make so many recipes. I’m talking about being able to feed a lot of people on a shoestring. Here is my post with ideas to make White Sauce Recipes

White Sauce by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Make a “roux” in a saucepan by melting the butter, then add the flour. Stir until completely smooth. Slowly add the milk, stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

Final Word

Do you get excited when you see a new recipe you haven’t tried before? It’s funny how old recipes sometimes recycle themselves, huh? There is something about cooking at home for the family and friends, don’t you think? Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. Hard times are coming, the storms this year will affect food prices, house prices, and several jobs. Please be ready. May God bless this world. Linda

5 thoughts on “10 Quick And Easy Sauce Recipes

  • April 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Thanks Linda, for this Sauce post. We have fooled around with the sweet and sour sauce for ages now we can follow a recipe. I taught my son how to make the white sauce for Mac and cheese long ago and it made him so happy. You really help people get prepared when we do not hear it much anymore. Thank you for all you do.

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    • April 4, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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      Hi Sue, oh you are so nice!! Thank you for your kind words. It means the world to me. I love hearing you taught your son to make the white sauce. I LOVE IT! Linda

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  • April 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    Thank you, Linda for your prompt attention to my request. You have far exceeded my expectations in giving us so many different and definitely usable recipes. These all look great and I am looking forward to trying the ones I have not made before.

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  • April 6, 2019 at 9:09 am
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    Thanks for putting the sauces in print. Nice to have it in one place.
    I always do sauce I the microwave. It’s faster and doesn’t burn.

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