What’s the best way to get the most out of your spaghetti? The perfect spaghetti seasoning! Use it to elevate pretty much any pasta dinner, this goes great with pizza, soups, and just about anything you can think of.
The use of traditional herbs and spices is how all the great cooks get the best results. It’s the difference between a simple, bland meal and something absolutely bursting with flavor. The best herbs and spices complement the natural flavors of the food they’re in.
Spaghetti Seasoning Ingredients
To start with this super simple seasoning, we’ll look at our choice of ingredients. A couple of spice cabinet staples are all you need to take your pasta from good to great.
- Garlic is a key ingredient in most Italian recipes. You can combine garlic powder with dried minced garlic for many Italian recipes, especially if you want a heavy, aromatic garlic flavor.
- If you don’t have any onion powder, you can use three tablespoons of dried minced onion.
- If you don’t have any dried basil, you can use fresh basil instead. It’s great for freshness and extra oomph.
- Rosemary should be slightly smashed to help the needle-like leaves disperse.
- Dried thyme
- For your black pepper, a coarsely ground black pepper is best.
- Your red chili flakes, and the quantity in which you add them, are optional here. Season to taste.
Making Seasoning Mix From Scratch
One of the best things about this spaghetti seasoning mix is that you can make it yourself. You only need a few key ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. It’s very similar to Italian seasoning, with a few bonus ingredients to really complement classic pasta dishes. It’s not hard to put together a few of your favorite herbs and spices in advance to make sprinkling magical flavor onto your dinner as easy as possible.
We’ve omitted salt from this seasoning mix for a few reasons. One of them is that sauces are often salted beforehand. Most cooks also heavily salt the water in which pasta is cooked. Adding salt to this seasoning mix would be a little redundant. By keeping the salt out of this recipe, we’ve made it more versatile and it can go in things like pasta sauce that are already pretty salty, or pretty acidic.
How to Make Spaghetti Seasoning
There are only two simple steps to making this seasoning. Add ingredients to a bowl. Mix them together.
Once your seasoning is mixed up, you can store it in an airtight container. Place your container in a cool, dry place.
You can store homemade spice blends, particularly if you’re using dried herbs and spices, for months. They keep for ages, so if you aren’t making spaghetti any time soon, you can run this spice mix as a set-and-forget treat.
It will keep in an airtight container in your pantry or cupboard for up to six months. You should be sure to shake the container before use in order to distribute your ingredients.
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