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The 5 French Mother Sauces: Learn About Béchamel, Velouté, Sauce Espagnole, Sauce Tomat, and Hollandaise Sauce

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Aug 3, 2021 • 7 min read

Whether it’s glazed over a steak, spooned over fresh pasta, or mixed into a soup—we’ve all had a taste of the French mother sauces. The right sauce can elevate any dish—providing textural contrast, balancing flavors, or adding extra seasoning. Master each of the five mother sauces and you’ll have the building blocks to make countless others.