Recipe courtesy of Michael Tusk

Red Wine Spaghetti

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This recipe cooks spaghetti in red wine, which is a little unconventional, but is delicious and has a great look. It's wise to use a wine that tastes good, since it will absorb that flavor, and it's a good idea to serve the dish with the same wine you cook it with.



  1. Place the red wine in a large pot. Add an equal amount of water and bring to a rolling boil. While the wine-water is heating, Warm a 12-inch saute pan over low heat. Add the olive oil and the garlic. Toast the garlic, and when it has lightly browned on all sides and infused the oil, discard it. Add the cherry tomatoes and peperoncino and gently warm. Season with salt to taste, and turn off the heat.
  2. When the wine-water liquid comes to a boil, add the spaghetti and cook the pasta for 8 minutes, or until very al dente and slightly underdone. Add a ladle-full of wine water to the tomatoes and gently stir to incorporate. When the time is up and the pasta is cooked, add the spaghetti to the pan with the tomatoes (do not discard the red wine water). Cook the spaghetti with the tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil for about three minutes more, adding more of the wine-water mixture as necessary, until the spaghetti is cooked and a sauce has formed. Adjust seasoning. Because of the salt in the Pecorino Romano, be cautious with salt.
  3. To finish, add the basil off the heat and serve immediately with the Pecorino Romano.

Cook’s Note

This recipe can be made without tomatoes if they are not in season.