Pasta Sauces

There are many different types of pasta sauces, all of which have different methods of preparation. If you are in need of pasta sauces, you should determine which type of sauce you want. Sometimes, if you know what type of pasta that you are going to use, it is easier to pick the type of pasta sauces that go well with it. For example. Fettucini tends to be partnered with herb or white sauces such as Alfredo. Spaghetti tends to be partnered with rose, meat or tomato sauces. Penne is very flexible, and is partnered with delicate white sauces, herb, meat and tomato sauces.

It is suggested that you use fresh ingredients when making pasta sauces from scratch.

Required Ingredients for basic White Sauce:

Butter

Milk

Flour

Optional Ingredients for White Sauce:

Mushrooms

Herbs: Basil, Oregano, Thyme, etc.

White Wine

Sour Cream

Onion

Required Ingredients for basic Herb Sauce:

Olive Oil

Herbs

Optional Ingredients for Herb Sauce:

Vinegar

Garlic

Onion

White Wine

Required Ingredients for basic Tomato Sauce:

Tomatoes, crushed or paste

Garlic

Herbs

Optional Ingredients for Tomato Sauce:

Onions

Red Pepper

Mushrooms

Meats (Meatballs, Sausage, etc)

Preparation:

No matter which type of pasta sauces you are making, you should have all ingredients rinsed and chopped prior to cooking. This will help smooth the process, and prevent errors that may ruin your sauce. This is especially important in the case of white sauces, as they can be easily burned if you do not pay close attention.

Cooking Suggestions:

No matter which type of pasta sauces you make, you will need to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen unless you are making the most basic of sauces. This is particularly true in the case of tomato sauce, as tomato sauce matures the longer it is cooked.

Pasta Selection and Preparation:

A good sauce can cover for improperly prepared pasta. This is something that many people depend on, as it is very difficult to correctly cook pasta. Many individuals will either over or under cook their pasta, which can lead to texture or flavor issues. Often, these problems are masked by the sauce. If you are spending a great deal of time on your pasta sauces, take equal care with the preparation of your pasta. This can improve the flavor of the sauce and as well as allow the flavor and texture of the pasta to stand out from the sauce.