Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Italian Cooking: The Secret Is in the Sauce

April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 136

Light and delicate like a lemon-white wine or as hearty and robust as a meaty Bolognese sauce, the flavors you enjoy in Italian foods are often wrapped up in the sauce. There are so many different variations on Italian sauces here's a basic rundown on some of the main ingredients of the most popular ones.

First, we made and ate a lot of pasta sauce. Second, we resorted to the Internet and did some searches, for example: the difference between marinara and spaghetti sauce.

The first path was extremely satisfying (full belly, warm contented feeling) while the Internet just served to confuse us even more than we would normally be.

People can't even seem to agree on what marinara sauce means, although the best explanation is that it is a sauce developed for use on sailing ships that was quick to prepare. Since it had no meat and tomatoes are acidic it produced a sauce that didn't spoil. After all, they didn't have refrigerators in the 17th century.

Most marinara recipes call for tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, pepper and, at the chef's prerogative, basil and/or oregano. Spaghetti sauce can be made with or without meat, is usually thicker than marinara and usually contains more spices and flavor ingredients. Plus, it is usually cooked for a longer time to mellow and blend the flavors.

Meat sauce and Bolognese sauce are the same thing; a spaghetti sauce, obviously enough, with meat.

Pesto sauce is made by pureeing fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and (in one recipe we saw, walnuts) and then liquefying it with extra virgin olive oil.

Puttanesca is made from all the cheapest ingredients so when the "ladies of the night" would take a break from their duties at the bordello they would go to the nearby pasta restaurant and order this inexpensive dish. It's got tomatoes, garlic, anchovy fillets, black olives, capers, red pepper flakes and olive oil.

Another popular sauce is Alfredo, a creamy blend of butter and either milk, heavy cream or cream cheese, garlic, grated Parmesan or Guyere cheese and pepper.

Whatever your favorite sauce, remember the best way to enjoy pasta is to cook it al dente and then finish it offby tossing it in the pan with the heated sauce. Whatever you do, don't rinse the pasta first, it is actually the starch that helps the sauce cling to the noodles or shells and enhances the dish.

Too often the average person hears the name of a food and has no idea what the differences are between one dish and another. As a self-taught amateur chef and semi-foodie I think it helps to give people a better understanding of what goes into making a particular dish.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Spaghetti Sauce


Italian Cooking


Italian Sauces


Marinara Sauce Means

Summer is a great time for crock pot recipes. It may be hot and humid outside, but you still need to make dinner for you and your family. You can’t barbecue every day. The weather won’t let you.

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Crockpot Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 222

My favorite meal of the day has always been breakfast. Nothing beats the cooking odors emanating from the kitchen in the morning. Fresh brewed coffee and sizzling bacon are two of the most

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 269

My first bratwurst was grilled and on a bun. That’s all it took to supplant polish sausage as my new number one. Luckily I’m part German, so there is no Polish guilt. I now try to incorporate

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 342

Football season is upon us once again. Whether you are a fan or a disgruntled spouse, there is no reason you can't have an enjoyable day stuffing your face. Walk away from the processed frozen

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 447

Crock pot recipes are perfect for football Sunday. When you wake up in the morning, just set up the crock pot with your favorite appetizer, barbecue or Sunday dinner and it will be ready to eat

By: Reggie Bean l Food and Drink > Crockpot Recipes l October 25, 2012 lViews: 220

Navy beans (as in most other beans) are high in dietary fiber which means it will help you feel full faster because they are so high in fiber. They are high in folate, magnesium, thiamin, iron, and

By: Jaya Patel l Food and Drink > Soups l July 13, 2012 lViews: 244

Here your going to learn the basics of cooking the perfect pasta. If you want to know how to cook pasta perfectly then you need to read on and learn everything you can about cooking the perfect pasta.

By: Thomas Byersl Food and Drink > Pasta Dishesl May 21, 2012 lViews: 177

Mussels have to be one of the best elements in so many cuisines that appreciate delicate and sweet tastes. Numerous Asian recipes feature them in soups and curries. The Belgians cook them in beer and

By: Tony D Morinellil Food and Drink > Pasta Dishesl May 19, 2012 lViews: 198

Where does lasagna come from? What is the history of this finest of Italian American pasta recipes? Do you remember lasagna on Christmas and other holidays as the first course?

By: Tony D Morinellil Food and Drink > Pasta Dishesl May 15, 2012 lViews: 213

A recollection of a winter substitute for mac and cheese. Try pastina and eggs. A simple dish of pasta, eggs and cheese that satisfies every child and adult.

By: Tony D Morinellil Food and Drink > Pasta Dishesl May 09, 2012 lViews: 207

When you are pressed for time and need a quick meal for your family, turn to pasta. The recipes in this article are quick, easy, tasty and sure to please the family.

By: Linda Carol Wilsonl Food and Drink > Pasta Dishesl May 08, 2012 lViews: 192

Gluten is in many staple food, making it difficult to remove from a person's diet completely. Living on gluten free pasta and other gluten free food is not as difficult as you think.

By: Abbi Rodrigezl Food and Drink > Pasta Dishesl May 04, 2012 lViews: 191

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus