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


  • Eraticusofbalnazzar
    Eraticusofbalnazzar  11 hours ago

    Love the channel Babish, but for the love of god people, dont put butter in your tomato sauce. Finishing with a drizzle of EV olive oil is amazing, but when you put that butter in it just reminded me of honey boo boos mom putting butter and ketchup on noodles and calling it spaghetti. Just 2 cents from a Sicilian cook.

  • Tom Poole
    Tom Poole  2 days ago

    Use unsalted butter, then immediately add salt.

  • Goddess 18
    Goddess 18  2 days ago

    So is fond like seasoning a pan? Dont clean it off, use it?

  • Terrance C
    Terrance C  3 days ago

    LOL garlic before the onion in the red sauce?!?!? go to bed babish. this is the first thing ive seen you do that offended me.

  • M Z
    M Z  4 days ago

    My cheese sauce came out way too thick and I'm not sure what to do 😞

  • Greta Aligator
    Greta Aligator  4 days ago

    Are there any possible alternatives to red wine? Im very curious to know since i cannot legally buy wine yet

  • -
    -  4 days ago +1

    Babish: *Doesn’t like cilantro*

    Mexicans: >:(

  • jmc
    jmc  4 days ago

    coriander is the best, if you hate it you just don't know how to eat.

  • CookyMellow
    CookyMellow  5 days ago


  • miles hiebert
    miles hiebert  7 days ago

    Never trust a skinny cook, well except for Babish...

  • Noel Velázquez
    Noel Velázquez  7 days ago

    The moment you talked cilantro down you lost my respect
    Great video tho ❤

  • Michael Nelsen
    Michael Nelsen  7 days ago

    Bell pepper?? No. And cilantro is "Gross"? No. Unsubscribe.

  • Sion Dracul
    Sion Dracul  7 days ago

    Just used this to make a red sauce....had to use onion powder instead of onions my mums courgettes kind of went funky and i had to throw them and my entire vegetable crisper out nothing was salvageable.

  • philip sawyers
    philip sawyers  7 days ago

    Red onion are sweeter than white onions. 👍ps just smash the shit out of garlic. 💪🤔🍖

  • BS Reborn Phoenix
    BS Reborn Phoenix  7 days ago +2

    Isn't the first one just a glorified pico di gallo

  • Theotter Islands
    Theotter Islands  7 days ago

    If I want to use fresh tomatoes for the red sauce how many should I use?

  • theshiny hunter
    theshiny hunter  7 days ago +36

    Me as a mexican: oh look he made a perfectly decent salsa.
    Babish: lets now add mango.
    Me: wait.... Wtf?

  • zemo d
    zemo d  7 days ago

    Didn't know Ryan Reynolds's alter ego is Babish

  • Ruba
    Ruba  7 days ago

    !!!!!!! cilantro rights

  • Max
    Max  14 days ago

    So question - if you're like me and you don't drink wine, what else could you use in cooking? Will wine vinegar do the same trick or do you have to use it in a different manner?