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Red Wine Pasta Sauce

Slowly simmered to infuse it with complex flavors, this red wine pasta sauce is delicious, but so simple to make. Serve it with your favorite pasta for a unique alternative to traditional marinara sauce.

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What I love about this red wine pasta sauce

Even though I love it, I get a little bored with my typical marinara sauce sometimes. That’s when I make this red wine pasta sauce. It’s full of flavor, and that complexity really makes it a winner when you want to impress.

It also makes a great option when you want to serve something a little bit special without much effort. It would be great for a dinner party or a big Sunday dinner with family.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make it

How to make red wine pasta sauce

Sauté the aromatics. Heat the olive oil to medium-high and add the onion and garlic. Throw in a pinch of salt and sauté until the onion is translucent and soft.

Simmer the sauce. Add the tomatoes, red wine and chicken broth to the pot and bring it to a simmer. Partially cover the pot (I usually wedge my wooden spoon in there) and let it cook for a while.

This allows the liquid to escape so the sauce can thicken, while still keeping things from splattering all over. Make sure you’re stirring occasionally so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.

Spaghetti in a bowl with red wine pasta sauce in a bowl with a fork garnished with grated parmesan cheese and basil leaves.

FAQs and tips on making red wine pasta sauce

What does red wine do to pasta sauce?

Adding red wine to your pasta sauce will make the sauce more complex and flavorful. It really adds to the depth of flavor of the sauce as the alcohol simmers out.

What is a good red wine to use in pasta sauce?

You should try to use an Italian wine that has moderate tannins, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Just don’t use something super fancy and expensive, a reasonably priced wine that you would still drink is a good option.

What kind of wine goes well with Italian food?

Really any wine you like will go well with Italian food. Just make sure your pairing something appropriate with the food you’re eating. While Chianti is a classic option, there are many Italian wines that will pair well with Italian foods.

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Red Wine Pasta Sauce

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian/American

Description

Slowly simmered to infuse it with complex flavors, this red wine pasta sauce is delicious, but so simple to make. Serve it with your favorite pasta for a unique alternative to traditional marinara sauce.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Heat a large saucepan or stockpot over medium-high heat. Pour in olive oil and heat until warm.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and crushed red peppers. Sauté until the onions are translucent and softened.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combined. Partially cover the pot and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for about 30 -45 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken and let the alcohol cook out.
  5. Season with salt & pepper, to taste, and remove bay leaf before serving.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 9.2 g
  • Sodium: 806 mg
  • Fat: 2.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.9 g
  • Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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