Our lovely herb garden. It’s in our back room, though.
Especially good in soups and pasta, basil is one of my favorite herbs.
Rosemary just smells like pinetrees, though. What’s up with that?
Not only do fresh herbs taste good, they’re cheap (if you grow them yourselves like we do) and they’re a much healthier choice when adding flavor than most other products. Also, herbs such as rosemary are evergreen, so you can plant it in your garden and it will live through winter to greet you cheerily upon the arrival of spring.
If you’re short on time (or thyme, haha) during the week, pasta is an overall good choice because it’s usually served with healthy ingredients. Unless you have picky children that will only eat it with butter.
This is a take on a recipe my sister used to make when our mother wasn’t around to cook.
For one serving:
Take a handful of ordinary pasta about the size of a quarter in a pot of salted boiling water. (It doesn’t necessarily matter whether or not you break it, if you’ve got a big enough pot.) I do not believe adding oil to the water does a spot of good, so I leave it out.
Once your pasta’s done cooking, add enough olive oil (I like extra-virgin) to cover the pasta once tossed; it should only take about a a tablespoon and a half.
Snip two leaves of basil into your noodles with your kitchen shears. To do this, roll the leaves up into a little tube shape, then snip either directly across or snip off the corners followed by the center for a shorter ribbon. Add a quarter cup of raw chopped onions (or partially cooked, if you don’t like raw. Caramelized onions are too sweet for this). Serve with lots of freshly ground pepper and more salt if that’s how you like it.
You could also use infused oils for this. If they don’t sell them in your area, make your own!
Additionally, if you don’t care for onions in any shape or form, you could try adding some cooked garlic, sun dried tomatoes(do NOT use tomato sauce, after adding the oil it will NOT stick), freshly grates cheeses, garlic powder, etc. Without any additions, the pasta will still taste good, it will just be missing the punchy flavors you get from the suggestions listed.
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