Sauces | Basics with Babish

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  • Published on:  Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 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.

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    Shopping Lists + Equipment for live cook-a-long

    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

    -Measuring cups/spoons (optional)
    -Nonstick sauté pan
    -Aluminum foil (if the casserole doesn't have a lid)
    -Pepper mill


  • Ruben Avila  (Oct 19, 2017))

    Juice is temporary, but sauce is forever.

  • Ty Uzumaki  (Feb 1, 2019))

    But you can also get lost in the sauce

  • KaedeLanyo  (Dec 13, 2018))

    But that on a book, a tombstone, every building. This is brilliant.

  • James Barros  (Nov 2, 2017))

    A real chef who dislikes cilantro as much as I do. Ok, listening to everything you say now :)

  • SlickStretch  (10 hours ago))

    Yeah, when he said he hates it, I subbed.

  • Marcella Perez  (Feb 12, 2019))

    +TheSleepingInsomniac I Love cilantro although there was One time I ate it & it tasted like soap! It was so odd, but I kept eating it and the taste went away! Haha

  • Chotenque  (Nov 10, 2017))

    "Cut off the head and then peel off the skin"-Binging with psycho

  • Ulises  (Jan 17, 2019))

    +Alvin Yugika ouch!

  • Sky  (Dec 18, 2018))

    Bringing With Bates

  • Uriah Siner  (Dec 22, 2017))


  • Max Patana  (Jan 12, 2019))

    Shrek Reference 😂😂

  • Lemon Zest  (Oct 31, 2018))

    +Uriah SinerWouldn't making that extra cut make the minced onions smaller?

  • BUBBA4428  (Nov 26, 2018))

    That's more of a Pico de gallo than a salsa though

  • Colbion  (3 days ago))

    +TOAOM123 Why did you say "cooking" like that?

  • TOAOM123  (3 days ago))

    +Colbion "Cooking" is not a requisite for it be salsa

  • Alfie Swan  (Oct 19, 2017))

    I'm so grateful for your existence

  • Vanessa Shantae  (Jan 29, 2019))

    Omg me too 😍😍 he's so sexy. I'd eat everything of his including his elongated body parts.

  • NoobyBuisness  (Apr 2, 2018))

    The amount of likes you have is the year when the greatest generation livedDamn Millennials

  • Plaorth  (Nov 12, 2017))

    If anyone needs a written version of the mac and cheese (not a direct transcription just a parsed version with spelling mistakes and all) heres what i got.Bechamel sauce:1. Bring two tablespoons of butter to a bubble. Add equal amount of all purpose flour. whisking over medium-high heat until blond roux.2. After one minute, slowly drizzle in one cup of whole milk until a thick sauce forms at the consistency of gravy.3. Add four ounces each of Cheddar and Montary Jack cheese over low heat. Add more...

  • Frank Ng  (Feb 13, 2019))

    I highly recommend people just practice just making bechamel sauce perfectly. After that, making Mac and Cheese will be pretty trivial. You can throw anything into the white sauce to flavor it. Garlic, mushrooms, and herbs to start. Instead of adding milk you can add stock and now you have the foundation for etouffee! Add stock, celery, onion, bell pepper and then whatever protein you want and serve that with rice. Bechamel sauce is probably the king of one pot meals! :D

  • denny da menny  (Nov 19, 2017))

    no ketchup just sauce, raw sauce

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  • i am da meme 123  (Jul 26, 2018))

    denny da menny lol im meme boi too

  • dgkallday228  (Dec 9, 2017))

    Cilantro is not gross my friend, you’re probably that tiny percentage of the population where cilantro tastes like soap to them.

  • Mr. Wonky  (Feb 14, 2019))

    A lot of people hate cilantro because they have been forced to live the hell that is white soccer mom salsa, in which said soccer mom dumps a full container of cilantro in a can of rotel tomatoes and calls it a day

  • vivien rust  (Dec 15, 2018))

    @ me next time bitchass

  • Connor Kenway  (Mar 14, 2018))

    That mango ain't ripe boi

  • Sumaiya Iqbal  (Jan 11, 2019))

    Its fkkng raaaaaaaawwwww!!!!!!

  • Mohammad Nasrun  (Jan 10, 2019))

    Im a sucker for unripe mango. never got diarhea or stomachache tho.