Yesterday I tried to follow a pasta recipe that called for tarragon. Since I didn't have this herb, I sustituted basil.
For convenience, I may try to plant those commonly needed herbs myself so I can pick them fresh, when I need them.
What are the most common herbs used in Italian pasta dishes and should they be used fresh?
Please state why the herb was chosen rather than simply listing them which would not be that helpful to me. For example, tarragon goes well with chicken so I put some into the pasta dish because I like the fennel-like taste of it.