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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Food & Wine: Alfredo Sauce Recipes
Alfredo Sauce Recipes
Alfredo sauce, a heavy cream sauce made with Parmesan and butter, is a popular companion to fettuccine but is also delicious in lasagna. The sauce in this dish takes just a few minutes to make, combining melted butter and Parmesan with flour and milk for a super creamy alfredo. Layer it in between lasagna noodles (you can also add spinach or cooked chicken if you like), and bake in the oven until the filling is bubbly. If you’re deterred by the traditional heaviness of this dish, try a lighter recipe that uses ricotta cheese instead of heavy cream—add asparagus or spinach to make it a perfect springtime meal. Here, six ways to eat alfredo sauce. 

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