Cream Sauce

Adding a flavorful cream sauce to a dish is an easy way to transform it into a decadent and filling meal. At one of chef Ashley Christensen's restaurants, Poole's Diner in Raleigh, she simmers seasonal vegetables in a sherry cream sauce inspired by the creamed tuna and peas on toast that her mom used to make. "The rich sauce made us feel we were being fed like kings, but secretly from the peasants pantry," she says. Cream sauces work with everything from vegetables—like at Poole's Diner—to a bowl of simple pasta. They're all you really need when you want to add fatty flavor to a plain ingredient. Use Food & Wine's guide to get dozens of ideas for your next sauce.

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