Pinotage Spaghetti with Arugula

The red wine gives the pasta an unique deep purple colour and a sublime, earthy flavour complemented by a handful of rich, peppery arugula and sharp, nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Adapted from Food Network
  • 200 g Spaghetti
  • 350 ml South African Pinotage
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 clove Garlic, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
  • 50 g Arugula
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. The pasta will finish cooking in the red wine. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Add the pinotage and sugar to the pasta pot. Bring it to a boil over high heat and cook until reduced by half, about 5-8 minutes. Add in spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the red wine is absorbed and the spaghetti is al dente, about 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in olive oil, reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in garlic until golden. Turn the heat off. Add in pasta, arugula, salt and pepper, toss gently and transfer to serving plates. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve.

Thank you, Elisabeth at Food and Thrift Finds, and Joudie at Moodfood Blog, for sharing this one lovely blog award with me.
And I also want to express my sincere appreciation to Gina at What's for Dinner across State Lines, and Alisha at The Ardent Epicure for thinking of me in the "Tag Game".


Patricia 3/11/10 19:07

great recipes on your blog!!

J e l e n a 3/11/10 19:24

Ooh, this is the first time I see this idea about cooking in wine and it is fantastic. The simplicity of the dish, the great ingredients are what makes a great cook!

Belinda @zomppa 3/11/10 19:36

Wow. This is such a creative use of wine! I love how the colors pop. Looks like a perfect Christmas dish.

Roxan 3/11/10 20:04

Oh, i've seen another recipe like this before! It looks really interesting. I totally forgot that I had even seen it until now... Thanks for reminding me. I'm planning on making a special dinner tomorrow night since my husband will be gone all weekend. This would be perfect.

Unknown 3/11/10 20:36

wow this is awesome, loving the colour from red wine, recently i cooked pear with red wine loved it oh man have to try this soonish thanks for the brilliant recipe :)

Cool Lassi(e) 3/11/10 20:38

This is new to me. I didn't know that one can cook pasta in wine and that it can turn to such a gorgeous color! The end result looks divine! Umm Umm good!

Rachana 3/11/10 21:14

This is new to me too. I simply love this gorgeous red colour... A must try recipe!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 3/11/10 22:09

Very pretty dish never heard of this one....

Miss Meat and Potatoes 3/11/10 22:18

This is truly special. It's almost so gorgeous that I wouldn't want to eat it...but that would quickly pass I'm sure. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your award!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 3/11/10 22:26

That is a beautiful dish, Angie! Thank you for, yet again, introducing me to something new - I'm always learning from your wonderful blog!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron 3/11/10 22:55

Beautiful color! I was wondering what where you got that red spaghetti haha.
Simple and delicious. What else could we ask for?!

marla {family fresh cooking} 3/11/10 23:19

I just dashed here from Tastespotting, this spaghetti looks delicious. The red wine adds so much to a bowl of pasta!

♥peachkins♥ 3/11/10 23:22

I love the color of the spaghetti...

Gigabiting 3/11/10 23:41

I've been reading about the wine flour, but haven't tried it. It looks so pretty.

La Bella Cooks 3/11/10 23:41

Super creative and I can just imagine how delicious it was. Love the pepper kick that the arugula must give.

kitchen flavours 4/11/10 00:29

Cooking pasta in red wine is a brilliant idea! Cool! Never seen this before. Learned something new today. Thanks for sharing this!

scrambledhenfruit 4/11/10 01:06

Gorgeous pasta- I've never cooked pasta in wine but I'm definitely going to try it now. Thanks!

Jeannie 4/11/10 01:20

That's looks so wonderful the purplish colour the wine gives to the spagetti...I am sure it tasted very good too!

Elisabeth 4/11/10 01:58

A simple...yet, a beautiful pasta dish with wine. My, my...Angie, you are close to my heart with all your fabulous dishes, that I would prepare!
I am so thrilled that you will accept the Lovely Blog Award! You truly deserve it, I wish there was more I could "shout out" to you!

Lisa H. 4/11/10 02:06

Gorgeous colour... ...

Carol 4/11/10 02:17

Such a pretty color, and it looks so flavorful, too! Love the flavors, especially the peppery arugula! Great dish!

Reeni 4/11/10 02:57

This is a sexy dish Angie! That's why I'm in love with it! You've outdone yourself!

Unknown 4/11/10 03:28

Wow beautiful colorful spagetti

tigerfish 4/11/10 03:37

"Red" Pasta has been on my mind for a while. I really want to cook it soon. Now I have seen yours, I want to cook it sooner :)

Mother Rimmy 4/11/10 03:59

Fantastic! Simple and impressive. I've saved this one. Definitely a dish company would love!


What color! I've got to try this--that's one of my favorite wines!

Kitchen Corner 4/11/10 04:59

WOW! This pasta dish looks very special with its unique color!

Zurin 4/11/10 06:22

what a beautiful colour the wine made the spaghetti! Gorgeous.

Abhilash 4/11/10 07:59

witnessing this recipe for the first time. I never knew such dishes are prepared. :)

busygran 4/11/10 09:29

Spag in red wine -whooo! Out of this world! It's interesting and looks good too!

Cooking Gallery 4/11/10 09:40

This sounds like a very great meal, Angie and I love the colour of the spaghetti!!

ann low 4/11/10 09:42

WOW! My favorite color and looks so pretty. Wish I can try some ;D

Cheah 4/11/10 09:43

Such attractive colour and as usual, trust Angie to deliver fantastic clicks!!

Priya Suresh 4/11/10 10:54

Delicious and very tempting spaghetti..

Y 4/11/10 11:08

What a spectacular looking plate of food! That pasta is very eye catching.

Elin Chia 4/11/10 13:27

Angie , this looks delish ! Pasta in red wine...mmmm I am going to try this :) Thanks for sharing this unique way of cooking pasta :)

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 4/11/10 14:14

I've seen pasta cooked in citrus juice before, but not red wine. Very original! I love the colour and the combination with arugula and parmigiano. Simple but very punchy. Love it!!

Unknown 4/11/10 14:27

I have been wanting to boil my spaghetti in wine for a while I'm going to really have to do it! YUM!

Biren @ Roti n Rice 4/11/10 14:27

Love the color the wine imparted to the noodles. It must be delicious too!

Paul Jennette 4/11/10 14:51

Delicious!!! I LOVE the red pasta, I have never seen red always black, I think this would be a great side dish at Thanksgiving, no one would expect a red pasta side dish. It would really wow the crowd.

Susi's Kochen und Backen 4/11/10 15:31

The pasta is just beautiful! The contrast of the purple pasta with the green arugula just makes this dish!

Medifast Coupon Code 2010 4/11/10 15:39

What a wonderful idea, and the color, this would be a pleasure to serve to guest for dinner. Thanks so much, I can't wait now to try.

Chef E 4/11/10 15:42

What a great holiday dish, and you always make the coolest food!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 4/11/10 15:54

What gorgeous color, Angie! And I love the little kick arugula has. A great pasta dish all around.

pigpigscorner 4/11/10 16:03

The wine gives it such a nice colour!

fimere 4/11/10 16:47

je ne l'ai jamais essayé à la roquette mais ça doit être délicieux
à tester
bonne journée

Faith 4/11/10 17:39

I've been wanting to make pasta with wine for quite some time now...yours is lovely! It has such stunning color!

Unknown 4/11/10 18:54

Sounds great!! Delicious.

Emily Z 4/11/10 23:34

I have recently fallen in love with arugula. It's not like I have never had it before but somehow I have developed a new appreciation for it. Looks delicious with this pasta, great fall colors!

Claudia 5/11/10 00:08

Pasta simmered in wine calls out to me. The deep rich color grabs me as our autumn color fades and one wants color on the dinner table! Just beautiful, Angie!

Kumi 5/11/10 02:49

Oh, this looks so gourmet and delicious!! Love it!

Velva 5/11/10 02:57

Now, that is a pasta that can be enjoyed. Awesome.

Unknown 5/11/10 03:27

The color on this dish is so pretty! Spaghetti is my favorite pasta and it looks even better in red. I am saving this recipe. I think it would be a delicious curveball to throw at guests who are expecting a regular pasta dish.

Unknown 5/11/10 03:45

Angie, this looks fantastic! Beautiful presentation, and spectacular flavors. What a lovely post!

Cherine 5/11/10 08:52

A beautiful looking dish!

Joanne 5/11/10 12:15

That is just gorgeous! The red wine adds great flavor AND great color!

Dimah 5/11/10 13:39

That looks really colorful and nicely presented!

Anonymous 5/11/10 13:54

Thats a real beauty..lov the color n pretty presentation...

Stella 5/11/10 18:25

This is a beautiful bowl of pasta, Angie. Plus, I love Pinotage. I remember one I used to drink called Fleur du Cap from South Africa. It was so nice 10 years ago (smile). I don't how it is now...
Either way, Yum!

Anonymous 5/11/10 23:29

The color of this spaghetti is really very pretty with the pinotage! This reminds me that our local Northern Virginia winery was going to make some pinotage wines, I bet they did already and we have to visit them soon to check it out.

Lea Ann 6/11/10 22:19

This is an absolutely beautiful dish. Can't wait to try it.

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 7/11/10 15:22

What a coincedence, I have also cooked a similarish pasta with red wine two days ago. I had once in an Italian resto in Basel a red wine sauce pasta but without rocket, their signature dish. Have to try out your version too. But have to do it when my hubby not around as he does not like rocket (arugula) unfortunately. I love it though.

alison 7/11/10 16:15

delicious and beautiful color for pasta,gorgeous!

Koci 7/11/10 23:43

I've never seen spaghetti cooked like this before! I love that gorgeous color that it gets from the red wine. Sounds amazing!

Anonymous 8/11/10 17:02

This just blew me away. I cannot wait to try this and impress my guests.

Unknown 10/11/10 12:42

new recipe for me , it looks great..

Heather S-G 19/11/10 02:30

This is so beautiful...I've actually had something similar on my "to-make" list for over a year now!! I don't know what I'm waiting for. You re-awakened my need to make some! Delicious :D

dining room tables 25/11/10 02:27

I like the color of this dish. This is something really nice. I want to try this one. Interesting.


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