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Weeknight Win: 5-Minute Blender Sauces

Created April 30, 2019
five blender sauces
Stuck in a midweek rut? That means it’s time you pull out your blender because these so-good sauces are going to help you get dinner on the table tonight.

When you’re dealing with the midweek stuck-in-a-rut feeling, that means it’s time to put away your saucepan and step away from the stove. We’ve hit the kitch and created seven quick, simple, so-good sauces you can whip up right in your in the blender—no heat required. Stock your fridge with them in advance, then add them to everything. Boost boring pasta, marinade mediocre meats and take your taco game to the next level.

1. No-Cook Blender Marinara

No-Cook Blender Marinara

A great combo of canned and fresh ingredients is the key to this savory sauce. If you grew up with an Italian grandma then you’ll know the importance of a good “gravy,” and this recipe delivers. Bright with basil, savory with San Marzano tomatoes, this recipe is great spooned right on top of hot pasta, and tastes incredible atop pizza or cooked into lasagna, too.

Ingredients: Canned whole tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil, salt and pepper, and an optional dollop of honey.

Serving Ideas:

  • Spaghetti and meatballs (obvi)
  • Stir into your favorite one-pot pasta recipe
  • Spoon atop cooked lasagna noodles for a no-bake pasta dish

2. Pesto Aioli:

Pesto Aioli

Ah pesto. Some would say it’s the best-o, and they’re not wrong. This smart creamy aioli-style pesto can be whipped up a day in advance if you want to get caught up on your dinner plans.

Ingredients: Fresh basil, mayonnaise (that’s the secret to its mega creaminess), Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice and a dash of salt.

Serving Ideas:

3. Dave’s Famous Blender BBQ Sauce

Dave's Famous Blender BBQ Sauce

Whip up some barbecue sauce in minutes with this blender version of an infamous recipe. You can spread it right on top of burgers or simmer it on the stovetop until thick for a richer sauce. High-speed blender owners can even heat the sauce right in the blender until it’s piping hot.

Ingredients: Fire-roasted diced tomatoes, molasses, honey, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, paprika, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper.

Serving Ideas:

  • Use as a dip for chicken nuggets
  • Marinate or baste grilled chicken and steak
  • Slow-cook with pork or chicken for pulled BBQ sandwiches  

4. Easy Enchilada Sauce

Easy Enchilada Sauce

If you’ve never made your own enchilada sauce, you’ve got to give this recipe a try. It’s such a simple way to upgrade the flavor of your favorite baked enchiladas, tamales and tacos.

Ingredients: Fire-roasted diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, jalapeño, garlic, onion, olive oil and salt.

Serving Ideas:

  • Bake in your favorite enchilada casseroles
  • Stir into Mexican-inspired soups for a little heat
  • Serve with chips for an enchilada-inspired salsa

5. 3-Ingredient Alfredo Sauce

3-ingredient Alfredo Sauce

Most Alfredo sauces take several minutes of cautious stirring on the stovetop, but not this one. Just pop it all in your blender and puree until thick. You’ll have a delicious garlic and parmesan cream sauce that tastes just like the original, with no cooking required—although you can heat this version up, if you please.

Ingredients: Parmesan, garlic, and heavy cream. That’s it!

Serving Ideas:

  • Enjoy as a dipping sauce for fresh baked breadsticks 
  • Add to hot cooked linguine or fettuccine (optional: steamed broccoli on the side)
  • Spread atop dough for a delicious white pizza sauce

6. Quick Avocado Cream Sauce

Quick Avocado Cream Sauce

If you like the creaminess of Alfredo sauce, but not the actual cream, this plant-based green sauce is about to become your new favorite. Avocados, vegetable broth and a hint of lemon and fresh basil make for a scrumptious sauce that’s also vegan-friendly.

Ingredients: Avocados, lemon, garlic, onion, basil, vegetable broth, salt and pepper.

Serving Ideas:

  • Stir it into hot bowtie pasta and fresh chopped tomatoes
  • Spoon it on top of avocado toast or savory crepes
  • Toss with cooked diced potatoes, corn and black beans for a delish twist on potato salad

7. Homemade Taco Sauce

Homemade Taco Sauce

The name would imply that this sauce is for tacos only, but before you go around assuming things, please know that this sauce is so, so much more.

Ingredients: Canned fire-roasted tomatoes, taco seasoning mix, white vinegar and a dash of sugar.

Serving Ideas:

  • Use in place of salsa with chips, sour cream and guac
  • Marinade chicken breasts before pan-frying and serving with wild rice
  • Mix with chicken, cheese and tortillas for some killer enchiladas