Red Wine Spaghetti with Pepper Confetti is a simple colorful dish with rich flavors. Basically cutting the ingredients and cooking the pasta with wine. For a long time I wanted to make a spaghetti soaked in red wine, but never got around doing it. Last Saturday, we were talking about wine, while sipping our wine during dinner. I was making a case that the quality of the ingredients is important if you want your recipe to come out the way you expect. Kind of like ‘quality in – quality out’.
We were enjoying a glass of 7 Deadly Zins – a wonderful Zinfandel by Michael David Winery and were trying to describe the aroma, flavor, after taste and what have you. This nice deep colored wine reminded me of a recipe I saw a long time ago in Epicurious, Red Wine Spaghetti with Broccoli. Don’t you have that as well, you talk about food while you’re eating?
I adjusted the Epicurious recipe a little – I liked the color of the pasta, saw many other recipes that did not succeed in coloring their pasta the same way, but since I am not a great fan of broccoli I needed to add something else. I though about keeping it one color, but then settle for contrasting colors. I guess I was more in the mood for a little spark rather than subdued colors. This Red Wine Spaghetti with Pepper Confetti is actually a rather easy recipe to make.
I used the 7 Deadly Zins and picked a pasta that required some cooking time. I think that the longer it can cook in the wine, the better it will absorb the color and the flavor. The alcohol will be gone, but the flavor remains. My gut feeling tells me that the pastas with a short cooking time may not get the same effect, but I did not try this.
The flavor if this dish is full, rich, which brings me back at the beginning; adding the right wine and you will have great flavored pasta. If you add ‘el cheapo’ wine, the pasta will taste ‘el cheapo’ too. I don’t mind saving money, being frugal, but refuse to buy cheap when it comes down to food. I don’t eat to fill my stomach, I eat to enjoy.