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posted: 4/18/2012 3:40 PM

Simple sauce puts 'wow' back in dinner

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  • Easy and elegant sauce brings WOW back to dinner!

    Easy and elegant sauce brings WOW back to dinner!
    Alicia Ross/Kitchen Scoop


Do you ever feel like your dinner is just so-so? You know, plain and unadorned, even tasteless? Well, the secret to turning a so-so dinner into a "wow!" dinner is the sauce. There are hundreds of pre-made sauces on the grocery store shelves, and we can purchase very complicated sauces from all over the world. But I often wonder if $4 isn't a lot of coin for just experimenting. Will I like it or not? Will I waste it or not?

Here's the good news: I bet you have the ingredients for today's recipe already in your kitchen. Simple Parmesan-White Wine Sauce is a cook's best friend. No matter what you've sauteed in that pan, this sauce will highlight it!

I use this sauce for fish, chicken breasts, veggies and every kind of pasta imaginable. Today I'm serving it with whole-wheat spaghetti tossed with spring's freshest vegetables: green beans, a yellow bell pepper, grape tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach. I had some leftover rotisserie chicken and decided that would seal the deal.

This flavorful, yet amazingly simple sauce will pull your dinner together. Better yet, it makes enough for four servings, so if you are serving just a few, refrigerate the extra sauce and use it on fish the next night or just grill up some chicken breast. But be sure to keep extra sauce at the table for dipping! It's that good. Enjoy!

Suggested menu: Spaghetti Chicken-Primavera With Simple Parmesan-White Wine Sauce with Italian rolls and grapes.

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