Red Wine Spaghetti

Cook 20 mins
Total 20 mins

Red Wine Spaghetti is made with just a few simple ingredients and has a deep flavor that is absolutely delicious. This easy dinner recipe is perfect for pasta night!

Looking for more pasta night recipe inspiration? Try my Pampered Chef Quick Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese and my Chicken Bacon Spaghetti recipe!

Red Wine Spaghetti Recipe

My Family Loves Eating Spaghetti

Growing up we had spaghetti at least twice a week. It was always the same pasta, the same red jarred sauce, and ground meat. I hated it. It wasn’t that I hated spaghetti, it was more that I hated the repetition. It got so bad that my Mom would just expect me to eat cereal instead…it wasn’t even a question. My family however, loved it. Now that the years have gone by, I can eat spaghetti. And sometimes I even enjoy it, but I only have it maybe once every 3 months.

This Spaghetti Recipe Is Perfect For Using Up Leftover Red Wine

So when I saw this recipe for Red Wine Spaghetti, I knew I really wanted to try it. In spite of all the differences, I still couldn’t shake the thought of my childhood spaghetti. So this recipe sat…and sat…and sat. I would look at it often and then go on to find something else for dinner. Last week I found myself staring at 2 half full bottles of red wine. I was leaving the next day to go out of town and the wine would go bad before I got home.

I was facing a decision. Throw the wine out, drink it all by myself, or use it to make the spaghetti. Throwing it out would be a crying shame. Drinking it all by myself could result in some serious wine induced phone calls to Jorge who was away on business. And spaghetti…was still…spaghetti. So I started drinking, hey — what else is a girl to do?? By the time I finished my second glass, Red Wine Spaghetti sounded like a fabulous idea. I could eat and drink red wine at the same time.

Absolutely brilliant.

Red Wine Pasta Recipe

This Red Wine Spaghetti Is Made With Just A Few Simple Ingredients 

While my wine induced photos may not be able to show it, this Red Wine Spaghetti was delicious! And thankfully nothing like the spaghetti we are all used to. While it may be short on ingredients, the pasta has a deep, full flavor that goes perfectly with the walnuts and parmesan. While traditional spaghetti may not be on my weekly menu, this Red Wine Spaghetti has found a new home.

Yield: 4 servings

Red Wine Spaghetti

Red Wine Spaghetti Recipe

Red Wine Spaghetti is made with just a few simple ingredients and has a deep flavor that is absolutely delicious. This easy dinner recipe is perfect for pasta night!

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 1/4 cups dry red wine
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 13.25 oz whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup walnuts (4 ounces), toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper


In a large pot, combine 4 cups red wine, water and salt. Bring to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook, till al dente, according to instructions on box. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.

In a deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and red pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the remaining 1/4 cup red wine and reserved cooking liquid. Bring to a simmer.

Carefully stir in the pasta, and cook until liquid has absorbed, about 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 & pepper and serve, passing grated cheese at the table.


Adapted from Food & Wine

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 helping

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 701Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 777mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

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48 Responses
  1. Heather

    Hey Jessica! I featured your oh-so-glorious Red Wine Spaghetti as my 100th blog post! We loved it so and I’ve actually fed it to a number of people with rave reviews! Thank you so much!!!!

  2. Camilla

    This post made me laugh! I absolutely love spaghetti and would beg mom to make it all the time. Now I am probably ruining ‘sgetti for my daughter the way you describe feeling about the repetition when you were a kid. Oh and drinking and cooking so go hand-in-hand:-) I made some “Drunken Rice” during one of my drink/cook sessions and it turned out great as well.

  3. Magda's Cauldron

    It looks so pretty and simple. Ok, that’s a lot of wine, I will have to wait for a moment when I will have too much wine, I hope it will happen soon

  4. Kelly

    I tried to wish you happy birthday on your new post but for some reason, comments weren’t working on that one so you get a post here instead, where it will make no sense, but oh well. I find it sooo amusing that biscoff spread has just exploded. Do you know if it is the same as speculoos? I saw a FN show where the latter was spread on waffles and remember thinking it sounded amazing.

    I also wanted to say that it is amusing to think about where our younger selves thought we would be by a certain age. I remember when I was a senior in high school we had to write about predictions for ourselves at our grad party. I wish I had a copy as I am sure the content would be amusing now. Life often takes a different path than we expected. In my early twenties I owned a condo and had a very serious boyfriend. Now in my late 20’s I am renting, just starting a budding relationship, and have a dog. Things take different paths than we expect sometimes.

  5. JavelinWarrior

    This post is so fetish-worthy, I’ve been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

  6. Samantha

    This just made it to my “must make list.” your wine induced photos are still fab and makes me want to eat this spaghetti right…now.

  7. Bryna

    Mmm, I had a version of this in Florence once and then have made it on my own (without a recipe) since. I don’t happen to use walnuts, but I think fresh parsley makes a nice addition. So rich and decadent! Perfect in the winter.

  8. Lisa

    Great write-up! LOL@ the three red wine options. Best choice for sure! There’s food I grew up on which took me a long time to like it again (my mother butchered many a great dish – she hated cooking). That said, what a gorgeous, crimson/magenta spaghetti and your photos of it are beautiful!

  9. Madi @ Sit Down and Eat Your Peas!

    Oooo I’m always looking for something I can make with pantry ingredients…and lets be honest…wine is an integral component of my pantry!

  10. Susan

    This looks delicious! My Irish mother didn’t feed me a lot of pasta growing up (she thought it was weird when I’d tell her I was having it twice in a row for dinner in college). Because of that I am know obsessed with it, but I’m always looking for ways to mix it up.

  11. Emma

    I’ve never heard of red wine spaghetti but it intrigues me – I love simple, flavourful pasta dishes like this.

  12. Debi at Life Currents

    Wow! that’s so funny, I just posted about spaghetti cooked in red wine as well. It’s something I had heard was an Italian tradition. I made mine with roasted cauliflower and broccoli. So yummy! I guess great minds think alike. πŸ˜‰

  13. Cassie l Bake Your Day

    This is a brilliant recipe. I made it a few months ago and I was hooked. Delicious! I love the color too. PS – great meeting you this weekend!!

  14. Joanne

    I always seem to be afflicted by the extra red wine problem (is that really a problem? Hmm.). Definitely need to try this!

  15. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This looks really delicious and different than anything I’ve ever tried. Thanks for sharing your recipe and inspiring me to try something new, Jessica! Printing it now!

  16. Gina @ SPCookieQueen

    Hi Jessica,
    So glad to have found your beautiful site. You and my brother shared the same aversion, only his choice was a salami sandwich. I love red wine anything, your photos are just beautiful.

  17. Julia

    I think I have the same issues with spaghetti that you do. It’s one of my favorite foods, but I can’t help but remember how bland and boring the 3 ingredient dish was we had far too often growing up. Now this, THIS is something I can get behind.

  18. raquel from Florida

    wow!!! What a recipe! Sooo easy and yet beautiful. You know what? I’ll try this recipe for halloween, it is so dark that it will look great in the table. Thanks! ahhh and no, I have not tried the cauliflower soup ( I will stop by publix to buy the hated vegetable)

  19. Winnie

    I’ve yet to try this method, but I am completely intrigued…it sounds really good. Your photos are drop dead gorgeous, too!

  20. Jessica Lynn

    I’ve had a red wine spaghetti recipe sitting in my folder, too. I just love sauce so much that I haven’t had the guts to try this. Maybe I will now that we can get wine for ridiculously cheap. Thanks for the motivation πŸ™‚

  21. Dionne Baldwin

    Never heard of red wine spaghetti but red wine hasn’t steered me wrong yet! But seriously, I love the flavor of wine in cooking. It adds a richness and depth.

    I’m sorry about your spaghetti aversion! I must make up for it since that wasn’t our go to meal. Ours was that sausage in a loop, cut up and pan fried. SICK! (Not in a good way.) I still cannot eat that or breakfast sausage links to this day.

    P. S. The walnuts sound like a nice touch to this dish!

  22. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    That looks great! Red wine makes anything better πŸ™‚

    And loved your Nashville recap. Wish I could have gone and met you and all the awesome ppl there!

  23. Diane {Created by Diane}

    looks wonderful, I’m a true pasta girl… πŸ™‚ love it and can eat it everyday and never tire of the variety of sauces to put on it.

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