A great way to cut your grocery budget and keep your food free from additives, is to make your own sauces at home. In fact it’s one of the very first things I did when we switched to a more whole foods diet.
To be honest, we were broke. I had just quit my full-time job to stay at home and we were pinching pennies pretty tightly. I think Lincoln’s face wore off some of them.
It finally hit me when I was grocery shopping, picking up overpriced pizza sauce, that hey – I could probably figure out how to make this! And I did, and we’ve never stopped. We’ve made some changes to the recipe we began using and enjoy it even more.
Summertime is a wonderful time at my house, the smell of garden fresh tomatoes cooking down, filled with flavor.
And of course we can branch out beyond the tomato based sauces to cover white sauces and cheese sauce. The basis for many of my homemade casseroles and a family favorite – mac and cheese.
Once you know how to make a cheese sauce, you can start whipping up your own nacho cheese sauce for tortilla chips. or sauce to drizzle over steamed veggies or potatoes. The possibilities are pretty much endless.
Here are some of our favorite sauces:
- Homemade Pizza Sauce
- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- Pink Sauce for pasta
- Italian Cream Cheese sauce for casserole
- Basic White Sauce (from The Local Cook)(we do variations of this sauce depending on the cheese we have on hand)
- Mac and Cheese (from The Pioneer Woman)
- Burrito Sauce
Leave a comment and let me know what sauces you make from scratch!