SAUCES

Sauces form the base of many wonderful dishes and thus, are a great place to start in the kitchen. Featuring a salsa, a red sauce, a béchamel, and a red wine sauce, this Basics with Babish episode will get you chopping, mincing, deglazing, and more in no time. 

 

 

Salsa (Pico de Gallo)

 

Shopping List

  • 2-3 large, ripe tomatoes - firm, fragrant, preferably on the vine
  • 1 medium red onion
  • Cilantro (very optional, substitute with parsley if you're like me)
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • Fresh garlic (1 clove)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper (optional)
  • 1 mango (optional) - soft but not mushy to the touch
  • Scallions, aka green onions (one)

 

Equipment List

  • Chef knife
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing bowl
  • Serving bowl
  • Garlic press (optional)
  • Nitrile gloves (optional, but you'll want em in the future)
  • Pepper mill

 

Red Sauce

 

Shopping list

  • Fresh garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • Olive oil (extra virgin and non)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Tomato paste (1 small can or squeeze tube)
  • 2 x 28 ounce cans San Marzano tomatoes (look for D.O.P. certified - otherwise, try Muir Glen Organic)
  • Fresh basil (1-2 sprigs)
  • Unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Equipment List

  • Chef's knife
  • Cutting board
  • Pepper mill
  • Enameled Dutch oven (or other large, non-reactive/non-aluminum/non-cast iron pot)
  • Wooden spoon

 

Bechamel Macaroni & Cheese

 

Shopping list

  • Butter (2-4 tablespoons)
  • All-purpose flour (2-4 tablespoons)
  • Whole milk (1 cup)
  • Cheddar cheese (4 ounces, not pre-shredded)
  • Monterey jack cheese (4 ounces, not pre-shredded)
  • Parmesan cheese (6 ounces, can be pre-grated)
  • 1 pound dried macaroni
  • Panko bread crumbs (unseasoned, 3/4 cup)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh thyme (optional, 2 sprigs, picked)

 

Equipment List

  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups/spoons (optional)
  • Nonstick sauté pan
  • Casserole
  • Aluminum foil (if the casserole doesn't have a lid)
  • Pepper mill
Devin Monaghan