Red Wine Pasta

How to cook pasta in wineDid you know you can cook pasta in wine? I absolutely adore risotto, which involves cooking rice in a wine/stock mixture. So why not pasta? This is a super easy way to change up or fancify (OMG that’s a real word. How have I gone this long without knowing that?!) a quick pasta dinner.

Doesn’t red wine pasta sound very at-home-date-night to you? You can check out the recipe in the above article or you can make up something with what you have on hand. Here’s what I did:

Red wine pasta recipeCook your pasta in boiling, salted water for 3-4 minutes. Drain and then continue to cook in boiling red wine (I used a Zinfandel) until soft and ready to eat. The wine will reduce some as you cook. If you would like to make a sauce from some of the reduced wine go for it.

I decided to keep things light and simply served my red wine pasta along with some lightly sautéed (in olive oil) onion, garlic and red bell pepper. I topped with a little feta and a few Kalamata olives. Delish! xo. Emma

  • I made a version of this last night for my honey on valentines day. Left out the olives and added tomatoes and cilantro. It was delicious!

  • This is a really good idea and I will most definitely try this…know I will love it! And then to drizzle the est olive oiluupon this dish, yes, Carothers Olive Oil. Sigh of contentment!

  • I made this for dinner the other nite. I’m obsessed! It was delicious! Can’t wait to do it again!

  • Girls, thank you for sharing this recipe! I made it Saturday and it was an absolute success! Loved it!

  • This looks awesome! I love making pasta, I actually just made Udon on my blog for Meatless Monday. But i’ve never tried cooking pasta with wine. Next time I bust out the semolina I definitely will.

    xx Kait


  • You could also substitute the red pepper with diced tomato instead… or just add it, and sprinkle it with oregano!!! Yum!

  • What a great idea!!!! Loved your toppings… it makes me literally drool! (huge feta+olives fan here)

  • love this! im not much of a cook but i think this would be really easy to make my man for valentines day 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

  • Okay, that looks SERIOUSLY good!


  • This is totally mouth watering! I will definitely have to try this! Thank you for sharing, it looks so yummy!

  • looks really yummy – I like your pasta combination too. Very mediteranean!
    xo Emily @

  • Oh my heavens WILL be making this.
    Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes!!!

  • Looks divine Emma, I must try it!

    Love that word fancify too…!


  • What?! This is crazy cool. And sounds like a good excuse to buy a bottle of wine and drink whatever I don’t cook with.

  • What a simple way to liven up pasta! I will absolutely be trying this for my next at-home dinner. Thank you for sharing!

  • This looks very delicious! The best parts of Mediterranean cuisine in one meal!

    Esther x

  • What a fantastic idea! Looks amazing and simple and delicious! (:

  • This looks lovely, and there is so much room for creativity. I love colourful foods 🙂

  • Interesting, never thought on boiling pasta on wine. That’s a great idea, and if the wine is sweet the pasta will be sweater. 😀


  • that last picture looks delicious! i usually just add my wine to the sauce i’m making to put on top of the pasta. I never actually thought about cooking the pasta in wine. thanks for the idea!

  • Never tried this before so i’m intrigued to try it out! Thanks for posting the recipe 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • whoa i’ve never heard of boiling pasta in wine–but it looks DELICIOUS! so fancy and colorful! i may have to try this in the near future! yum!


  • Red wine anything is fine by me!

  • I love the colour that the red wine makes the pasta! Looks yummy. xo

  • Ummm…. I love to drink red wine with pasta… I bet it would be even better to eat wine pasta and drink red wine on the side!!! 😉 Looks delicious!

  • I was hungry before I read this post, and now it’s a little worse. This looks amazing! And it’s such a beautiful dish in general

  • I’d never heard of this before. My boyfriend is half italian, and always says his grandma was the best cook ever, so maybe I could convince him otherwise with this boozy pasta! x

  • I red an article with Carly Simon years ago and it mentioned her kid’s favourite meal being her drunken pasta – esssentially pasta cooked in water and red wine, and then she adds olive oil, garlic, chilli flakes and salt and pepper. We tried it and it was awesome. I like to cook some of the alcohol off the wine first with all the other ingredients then dump in the al dente linguine and let it soak up.

  • Looks and sounds so yummy!, will have to make this ASAP,

  • Wow this looks delicious and so colorful! Must try!

  • Wow! I eat pasta almost everyday and Ive never thought about that idea!! Great girls 🙂

  • I’ve never even heard of this! But it makes sense, what a cool idea! I looove risotto!! 🙂

  • woow, I didnt know. My husband will be excited to know too. This is really cool. thanks girls!

  • Leslie- Sort of. It really picks up the fruity notes, but not really the alcohol taste. If that makes sense. 🙂

  • My two favorite things! I’m going to try this for sure!

  • Wow that looks absolutely delicious! 🙂

  • Wow, who would’ve thought?! That looks beautiful. It certainly has changed my outlook on drab pasta!

  • I’ve Never heard, thought or seen this before!! You constantly surprise me with new ideas!

  • i love cooking with wine but never even thought to cook pasta in wine! I will have to try this.

  • whoa, this is cray and i love it! i am way into colors and visual stimulation with food. plain noodles boring, wine pasta party!


  • This looks and sounds so good! I honestly didn’t even know you could do something like this.. Great post.

  • That looks delicious!

    I started documenting the new recipes I try here:


  • wow it never cross my mind!! for trying out!

    <3 Val

  • This looks delicious !

    X Luba

    :: Well Living Blog :: posting from Antiq Palace in Ljubljana

  • Two things:

    1. OMG I found a word to use today when discussing ads at the agency I work at!

    2. That recipe sounds delicious if I use fettuccine, and a thick creamy sauce….ideas.


  • I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this. Looks delicious!!


  • I’ve seen this done on food network (usually iron chef) and sometimes on Rachel Ray’s talk show and I always thought what a great way to add more flavor. This dish you made looks amazing!

  • Wow, I’d never thought of doing this, it does look pretty fancy, how did it taste? I imagine it was quite rich

  • All of the recent recipes look almost as fun to photograph as to eat! I need to cook more!


  • Mmm I love red wine pasta! Rachel Ray actually has a fantastic recipe, too, involving parmesan cheese and parsley:

  • My father makes homemade pasta all the time (he’s very Italian!) I’ll have to send this idea to him! Thank You!

    Juliette Laura

  • Wow these are different. I’d love to try one of these! (hopefully it won’t make me drunk lol)

    check out my blog please 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, this looks so… FANCY! 😉 and delicious! I`m going to try this out soon! Yummy!
    Lot of love from Germany!

  • such a delicious idea! definitely going to try this over my weekend.

  • They’re so pretty!! I would love to try this some time – absolutely the perfect date night recipe 🙂

    xx Ashleigh

  • So trying this for a stay at home date with the hubby. We’ll put the kids to bed early and start “cookin!” 🙂 Great post!

  • Joy- He was so cute trying to find you the perfect thing. 🙂 Hope you like the scarf! 🙂

  • Hi Emma! Thank you so much for helping my boyfriend yesterday pick out a scarf for me from the shop! Of course, I love it! He travels to Springfield for work a few times a year and I am always tempted to call in sick so I can see the shop in real life! Maybe next time! It was fun hearing him talk about his experience and that now “Red Velvet” is something we share! xo Joy

  • This sounds absolutely delicious and it looks fabulous too! Thanks for all the inspiration every day!

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