A Monday night in | Red wine pasta

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DSC_0336 (2) Jill and I often have differing schedules but she is a constant force in reminding me about efforts towards a work-life balance, my appointed live-in guru in affairs of the heart and is just genuinely a lovely, lovely lady.

So last night for the first time we huddled on the couch, shared a meal and teared up to ''Miss you Already'' on the laptop between us. A little effort to take time out and I'm thankful she told me to take a photo because now it's a reminder how much I miss this sort of dining. Casual, intentional and not a take-away (hooray!).

A tomato/mozarella/basil starter, red wine pasta and my favourite dessert to finish (see it here) and suddenly homemade dinners are all I want this week.

Especially when it leaves leftovers the following day . Lots of it.
Red wine spaghetti with Walnuts and Parsley
(from Food & Wine, adapted from New York City pastry chef Gina DePalma)

5 cups water
3 1/4 cups dry red wine
3/4 pound spaghetti (I used wholewheat)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
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 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.

In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil.
Add garlic, 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, 1/2 cup of cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and toss.
Season the pasta with salt and pepper and serve with parmesan cheese to share.

p.s. There's a youtube tutorial here if you'd like to try it out.


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