Italian Pasta Sauce: A Flavor-filled Primer to Any Italian Dish

Italian Pasta Sauce: A Flavor-filled Primer to Any Italian Dish

Alessandro Clemente

Among all the dishes out there, nothing tickles the heart more and makes the eyes sparkle brighter than pasta. Be it linguine, penne, spaghetti, carbonara, or pesto, everyone has a soft spot for pasta dishes. Behind their delicate aroma, rich flavor, and luscious condiments, the key to every savory pasta dish lies in the Italian pasta sauce of choice. 

The many flavors of Italian pasta sauce

There is a delicious assortment of different pasta sauces to choose from - each varying in taste, color, and thickness. Sometimes, one finds himself stuck in a dilemma of choosing from such a wide array of options. “How do I choose?” The secret to answering this million dollar question is seeking counsel from the two things that specialize in food the most - the stomach and the tongue. If you yearn for something rich in the tang of cherry tomatoes or Italian tomato pasta sauce and fresh garlic, marinara pasta sauce has to be your pick. Puttanesca sauce, on the other hand, is definitely every salt lover’s perfect match with its flavorful mixture of anchovies, capers, and olives.

Traditional pasta sauce and its variants

The best thing about this delectable selection of different pasta sauces is that they can be used in its original form - traditional pasta sauce - or in its equally delicious variants. For example, pesto sauce is traditionally made through a rich amalgam of garlic, pine nuts, basil leaves, and olive oil. In some parts of the world, pesto sauce is prepared with the added taste of fresh tomatoes, less basil, and almonds in place of pine nuts. This variation in pesto sauce is called pesto alla siciliana. In this non-traditional version of pesto, tomato basil garlic sauce can be used. Marinara sauce is best known for its palatable mix of herbs, onions, and tomatoes. Today, marinara sauce is deemed to be more delectable with an added dash of wine and Italian tomato sauce. Despite the changes made in these pasta sauces, any pasta dish remains as heavenly when made with passion. Whether in its original form or in its variants, traditional pasta sauce or not, your pasta dishes will leave a remarkable taste on somebody else’s mouth when prepared with utmost dedication.

For those of you, however, who do not have the luxury of time to make pasta sauce, let alone choose one to make, quick pasta sauce may be an option you’d want to consider. As the name already suggests, quick pasta sauce is easy to prepare. First, sauté three cloves of minced garlic in two tablespoons of oil for two minutes. Next, add a can of crushed tomatoes and one teaspoon of dried basil. Spice it up with salt and pepper, then cook for 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat in a large skillet. 

Final thoughts

One’s Italian pasta sauce of choice can make or break a pasta dish. This is why it is crucial for everyone to choose wisely which sauce to use among the myriad to select. Keep in mind that there are factors to consider - flavor, aroma, thickness, color, etc. But while pasta sauce does serve as the climactic ingredient of any pasta dish, do remember that any dish, as long as it is made with passion, will never leave a bad taste in anybody’s mouth. 

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