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Easy Pairings for Wine and Pasta

It’s easy to feel some intimidation when it comes to wine pairings. The sheer variety and the way in which certain wines work to bring out flavors in food can be confusing. But if you want to create a complete experience, knowing which type of wine to match up with your dishes is a must.

I say that as if it’s easy, and it can be! Perhaps the best way to determine what to do when it comes to food and wine is to pick your favorite dish and go from there. Mine (and I think a lot of people’s favorite) would be pasta. I definitely have a thing for Italian food with it’s fresh ingredients and full flavors.

Recipe idea

Don’t have a favorite pasta dish or looking to try something new – how about an easy one that has robust flavors, like this one:

* Bowties with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cream:


12 oz package bowie pasta

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 lb sweet Italian sausage, casing removed, and crumbled

½ tsp red pepper flakes

½ cup diced onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (28 oz) can Italian style plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped

1 ½ cups heavy cream

½ tsp salt

3 Tbs minced fresh parsley

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, put in pasta and cook in boiling water until al-dente, about 8 – 10 minutes and drain.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage and pepper flakes until sausage is evenly browned.Stir in onion and garlic until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, cream, and salt. Simmer until mixture thickens, about 8- 10 minutes.

Stir cooked pasta into sauce and heat through. Sprinkle with parsley.

If you prefer to use truly fresh ingredients, buy fresh, organic plum tomatoes to season and use for the sauce.

As for the wine to pair with this delight, let’s not have any confusion.

What will work

While it’s often thought that white wine goes best with seafood and chicken and that reds pair with beef, when it comes to wine pairing with pasta, the most important  thing to consider is the sauce. Confusing? Not if you have a handy guide like this one we found from

As you can see, red wines are best with red sauces, though a few whites can actually work there too. A guide like this can help remove some of the intimidation you may feel about the wine you’ll serve, but  when it comes to that complete experience and you want to serve Italian wines with your pasta dish, then here’s some great advice from another source . This one offers a more detailed pairing list with specific Italian wines.

Alternative recipe

If you love Italian food but are more a fan of white wine, or if you’re a vegetarian, here’s a recipe for spinach-mushroom lasagna that will satisfy your tastes.

Get More To Go

Most pasta dishes are like a meal in a bowl, but if you’d like to round out your dinner with salad and bread, go to to order your sides online for quick and easy pick up!

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