Created on: February 14, 2013
Spaghetti is one of the most popular meals for many people and one of the biggest keys for fantastic home-cooked spaghetti is to have great tasting sauce. To have tasty homemade sauce, the seasoning should be right. Thankfully, it isn't difficult to select the best herbs and spices for making the sauce, with just a little knowledge.
Many cooks wouldn't even consider making spaghetti sauce without oregano. This herb is widely used in Turkish, Grecian, Spanish, Middle Eastern and also in Italian dishes, particularly in the United States, and especially in tomato based sauces. Part of the reason for this is because oregano can bring out the flavor of other spices that are added, and partly because of the flavor and aroma it imparts to the sauce.
Basil is another herb that goes well with tomato dishes. Though often used in Indian and Asian meals, basil lends itself well to spaghetti sauce. The flavor is somewhat sweet and the herb is quite aromatic, even when dried. There are also many kinds of basil. Fresh basil tends to be better in spaghetti sauce than the dried version, however cooking can destroy the flavor so it is best if it is stirred in when the sauce is almost done.
Another aromatic herb, thyme is commonly used for vegetable dishes and in tomato sauces. Though the flavor and aroma are pleasant, this herb can over-power other seasonings, so it should be used in smaller amounts than those of other herbs in the sauce. Thyme can be added to the sauce early in the cooking, though, as it handles cooking well.
It is usually the leaves of rosemary plants that are used in sauces and salads, however the fresh blossoms are also suitable for use in spaghetti or other pasta. The fresh herb is preferable to the dried leaves, but the dried leaves can be crushed and used in spaghetti sauce as well. This herb can also be added early in the cooking process.
Summer savory is an herb that adds a bit of a tang to spaghetti sauce. It isn't hot-tasting, but the flavor can be a unique and great addition to tomato based sauces. This herb isn't usually considered to be nearly as aromatic as some of the other seasonings that would go in the sauce, however it blends well and has a rather different flavor.
As surprising as it might seem that sage is not as commonly used as other herbs in home cooking, it is a terrific
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