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October 4, 2022
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Cooking with Red Wine: How to Make Red Wine Pasta

If you aren’t already cooking with red wine, let this method of cooking dried pasta in red wine be the reason that you start! Rich and luscious yet incredibly simple; this recipe has all the monikers of an easy weeknight staple with a slightly exotic spin.

Two bowls of Red Wine Spaghetti on a table to serve.

Can you use red wine for cooking?

Yes! Cooking with red wine is a fast and easy way to impart rich and luscious flavor to all sorts of recipes with very little effort.

What does red wine taste like when cooked?

Red wine has bigger, bolder flavors and is more tannic than white wine which tends to be more crisp and acidic.

Every bite of this recipe for Red Wine Pasta is luscious and rich! But, the flavor profiles of the fresh herbs, garlic, and capers shine through in every bite and aren’t at all over powered by the flavor of the red wine.

Ingredients needed to make Red Wine Pasta:

There is no doubt that cooking with wine adds elements of flavor, aroma, and moisture to a dish. No recipe showcases how transformational cooking with red wine can be more than this Red Wine Pasta. This dish has only a handful of ingredients but yields intense flavor and color to the most basic of pantry staples, pasta. 

Red Wine Pasta ingredient list:

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Red Wine Spaghetti topped with herbs, toasted walnuts, and cheese.

Red Wine Spaghetti

Meg van der Kruik
Cooking with red wine is a fast and easy way to impart rich and luscious flavor to all sorts of recipes with very little effort, like spaghetti!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 852 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 6 cups water
  • 3 1/4 cups red wine
  • coarse kosher salt
  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti `
  • 1/4 cup California Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced yellow onion or shallots if desired
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes we like to use Calabrian pepper flakes.
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped herbs you can use all parsley, all basil, or a combination of both.
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot combine the water and 3 cups of red wine. Season the water with a few large pinches of kosher salt and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the pasta and cook, stirring regularly, until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid, then drain the rest of the cooking liquid and set the cooked pasta to the side.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced onion and cook for 1 – 2 minutes until softened and translucent.
  • Add the sliced garlic, red pepper flakes, and capers to the skillet. Cook for an additional minute. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of wine, reserved 1/4 cup of pasta cooking liquid, and bring to a simmer. Stir in the pasta and cook for 1-2 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Add the herbs, nuts, and Romano cheese along with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and toss together. Season with salt and pepper then serve immediately with extra grated Romano cheese.

Notes

This recipe is adapted from Food & Wine’s recipe which was originally adapted from New York City pastry chef Gina DePalma’s recipe.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 852kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 20gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 646mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 736IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 225mgIron: 4mg
Keyword basil, cooking with red wine, parsley, red wine spaghetti, Romano, spaghetti sauce
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