Chowhound Gift Guide 2017: 10 of Our Favorite Dips, Spreads, and Butters

Inspired by Italian sofritto, these base sauces are a pantry must for that Wednesday night when you just don't know what the hell to make for dinner. Whether it's a pasta, piece of chicken, or soup, allow these simple blends of herbs, spices, and vinegar to inspire a gourmet-style meal in no time. Yes, it's that easy, and no, we won't tell your significant other.

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