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A delicious and delightful all-purpose sauce made with olive oil and the herbs and spices found in everyone’s spice rack!

Have you ever had one of those nights when you get home from work and you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders?  Of course you do!  We all have those days when life throws every possible obstacle right smack down in the middle of your path.

Sometimes, it’s our jobs that cause such stress, frustration, and anxiety.  But, other times, it’s our spouse, or kids, or dare I say it, our extended family.  Gasp!

In my case, whenever I feel like that, I can usually break it down and determine exactly where my particular stress, frustration, and anxiety is stemming from.  Shall I share it with you?

Well, heck, why should I start hiding behind Lord Byron’s Kitchen now?  I’ve always been very forthcoming with my personal opinions and thoughts in the parables I tend to write in my recipe posts.  So, I’ll fess up.

As much as city life, particularly my city life here in Toronto, has to offer, it seems like the older I get, the more and more I dislike living in the city.  Toronto is a great place to live; don’t get me wrong, but I don’t belong here.

My roots go back to small town living – you know the types of towns where you can borrow an egg from your neighbour; the type of town where you can leave your doors unlocked until bedtime; the type of town where you feel secure and safe 100% of the time?

I grew up living like that.  And, so did John.e.  In fact, he spent most of his younger years living on a farm with his parents.  So, naturally, we both wish for the return to a small town – more specifically, a small farmhouse, somewhere within reach of the city, but far enough that we can’t hear the sirens, see the lights, or breathe the smog.

The plan is to relocate as soon as McKenna has finished high school and has determined which university she will attend.  And, because I’m an extremely overprotective father, I can assure you that the farmhouse will be within 2-3 hours driving distance of the university!

Until then, it’s business as usual – up in the morning, transit to work, work all day, transit home, make dinner, complete chores, work on Lord Byron’s Kitchen, help with homework, feed the cats, etc.   Sounds exciting doesn’t it?

Wanna know how I push the stress, frustration, and anxiety aside?  I eat!  I find so much comfort in cooking and baking.  And even though those things are fun for me, getting to eat, is much more fun!  What about you?  Do you love to cook?  If it’s not your thing, then surprisingly, this recipe is for you.  I call this Spice Rack Sauce, because that’s just what it is!

We all have a spice rack in the kitchen that for the most part goes very unused.  Well, now there’s no excuse.  You can make this gorgeous and delicious sauce and toss it with pasta like I’ve done, or you can baste a roast chicken in it.  Try scrambling or frying some eggs with Spice Rack Sauce – it’s so good!

Now, with a delicious meal in front of you, and some quality time spent with your thoughts in the kitchen, don’t you feel better already?  Works every time!!

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5 from 18 votes

Spice Rack Sauce

A delicious and delightful all-purpose sauce made with olive oil and the herbs and spices found right in everyone's spice rack!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiment, Seasoning
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 245
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan.  Whisk over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Don't be tempted to leave it on the heat for too long; the dried herbs will burn!
  • Use sauce on pasta, chicken, fish, or even baked potato!

Notes

As you can see in the photos, I tossed the sauce with cooked pasta, and topped it with parmesan, parsley, and more dried chili flakes.
Store leftover sauce in a clean mason jar with a tight-fitting seal for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.  
Sauce will settle, so whisk before spooning over pasta, or shake well when removing sauce from the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. so i live in san diego and for many years we lived downtown right in the city and it was a lot of fun. all the business and noise and things to do. but as i got older i realized i belong in the country. so we recently moved about 30 miles outside of the city and just love it. it's quiet, there's a small town community, and its wonderful! that aside, I'm loving this recipe so much. any easy sauce that you can dump on a plate of spaghetti is a dream for me!
  2. Hi! I read your post today and just wanted to offer a small bit of advice. Enjoy your time -whatever it may be that you do now and just let it be. It may feel so routine and you may think that you would love to be in small town but that is not all it is cracked up to be either, once you get used to living in city. I have come out of retirement for these very reasons and did find it a shock to the system after taking one winter off. I think it would be wonderful to live on outskirts of bigger city, where those sirens would not be heard too often and you still have the luxury of shopping and other amenities close by. This was my experience and I hope you can appreciate it.
    1. Thank you, Carol. I think deep down I'm just a country boy at heart. I grew up in a small town, and even though I've lived in a city for many years, a small town life keeps calling me. I'll still be close enough to the city for shopping, theater, and culture. :)
  3. Oh this sauce looks absolutely amazing! I’ve recently gotten into making my own sauces, and I’m certainly adding spice rack sauce to the list. All those ingredients sound amazing together! I will have to make this soon!
  4. I grew up in a small town in New Zealand (well, a small town within a huge county/city) and I know what you mean! The simple life. The husband and I dream of building a house on a big property somewhere outside of the city (but still with access to the good grocery stores, I mean let's be real here). This spice rack sauce looks delish - and I love how you could change it up depending on what you have around!
  5. What a great idea. So much better than store bought options. Well stocked cupboards ALWAYS have great ingredients to whip up tasty rubs, spice blends and sauces. I think I need to give this a try. Hubby has requested pasta for dinner this weekend.
  6. The picture are so vibrant and beautiful! I love you plan to relocate close to your daughter's collage. Mine docent go for another decade but I'm freaking out already so adopting your plan would be a great solution!
  7. Small town living has a lot to offer and knowing your neighbors is so important. I bake when I am stressed so last weekend we had lemon cookies, an apple galette and jam tarts. Now for your recipe I will definitely be making this pasta as it look so delicious and easy.
  8. As I am a spiceoholic all my spices are frequently used. And that is also why I LOVE this recipe! I can't wait to make a batch! Also, can totally relate on your big city issues. I've always lived in this medium sized city in neighborhoods where you have huge gardens and not much traffic. However, it is stressing me out that huge contractors are starting to pack these beautiful areas with a ton of houses and no gardens. I am actually considering moving because my amazing mountain views are about to hide behind a huge block of a house. Ugh. Seems like I needed to vent, lol! Again, AMAZING sauce and good luck on your quest to find a lovely farmhouse!
  9. I love simple sauces and I love using up all those spices collecting in my cabinets so this simple sauce fits the bill perfectly!
  10. I grew up in London (UK) but I now hate cities, even for holidays! We live in the countryside in Veneto, Northern Italy, 40 minutes from Verona. We're surrounded by vineyards, cherry orchards and woods and can see the Dolomite mountains in the distance. Heaven on earth and I wouldn't swap it for anything! The only traffic is tractors! Love this spice rack sauce. Such a great idea!
  11. I have all of the ingredients in my pantry!! I will for sure be making this sauce, because it looks amazing. And I can already see several different recipes with it
  12. Cooking is also my therapy and happy place. This recipe will come in handy on a night that something goes wrong. I will still be able to make dinner because I have all these ingredients in my pantry all the time.
  13. I love this seasoning mix! It's seriously perfect on pasta, and I plan on using it on so many other recipes. Thanks for sharing such a tasty and versatile recipe!
  14. This is brilliant! And I love that you can store it for two weeks. I doubt it'll last that long though. Twice a week a really need something I can put on the table in 20 minutes that's tasty and comforting. This is just the ticket.
  15. Fantastic sauce that I can use with so many meals. I love playing with herbs when combining them with oil - the amount of each creates a very special flavor that I really enjoy in my food. Great recipe.
  16. I hope that you find the house of your dreams! I know it isn't always the easiest task. Anyways this sauce sounds like a spice lovers dream. I would love it over chicken or pasta. Can't wait to make it.
  17. This looks like such a delicious sauce to have on hand to add flavor to dinners! I will have to leave out the red pepper flakes because I'm a BABY when it comes to spicy food, haha!

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