Instead of boiling water, we should have been boiling RED WINE.
What were we thinking???
But the best part about this method of cooking pasta is that the red wine gives the noodles so much savory flavor. And thanks to cooking all the alcohol off, you don't feel like you're biting into warm wine, either. This method really just elevates a somewhat simple pasta dish into a glorious meal.
What are we waiting for? Here's how to make the best damn pasta you've ever cooked.
Red-Wine Spaghetti with Walnuts & Parsley
Yields: 4 generous servings
Adapted slightly from Food & Wine
-5 cups water
-3 1/4 cups dry red wine (I used a local Pinot Noir, and it worked just fine)
-1 pound spaghetti
-1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
-4 small garlic cloves, minced
-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
-1/2 cup chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
-1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
-1/2 cup grated good Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1.) In a large saucepan, combine the water with 3 cups of the wine and a large pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.
2.) In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the garlic and red pepper and season with salt. Cook over moderate heat for 1 minute. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of wine and the reserved cooking liquid and bring to a simmer. Stir in the pasta and cook until the liquid is nearly absorbed, 2 minutes. Add the parsley, nuts, the 1/2 cup of cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and toss. Season the pasta with salt and pepper and serve with extra grated cheese and an additional sprinkling of parsley.
Have you ever cooked pasta in red wine before? If not, will you now??