Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Feature: Red Sauce Pasta and Lemberger

Johnny Depp's perfect meal to make when there was nothing else to make was a red-sauce pasta dish with fresh parsley and Parmesan.  This was the perfect meal when we got home late, especially on a Friday night and want a glass of wine...  A short, romantic meal together.

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"Johnny Depp's" Red Sauce Pasta
Recipe Ingredients
1 box of dried pasta of choice
1 jar of red pasta sauce
1 bag of shredded fresh Parmesan
3 Tbsp. of fresh parsley

1) Cook pasta according to package directions. 
2) Meanwhile, heat red pasta sauce in medium-sized pot on stove.  Cook through a slow boil, and then simmer.
3) Drain pasta when cooking is completed.  Add red sauce and mix thoroughly.  Add parsley, Parmesan, and pepper to taste.  Serve hot.

My wine pairing of choice 
Lemberger.  Try Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery's Lemberger that I reviewed earlier this week.  No Lemberger in town?  This is an Italian meal, so try an Italian varietal.  My preferred favorites: Chianti Classico (red) like S. Andrea Chianti Classico or Pinot Grigio (white).  If you're lucky enough to find a local Sangiovese, give that a try - it's the main grape they put into Chianti.  Like bigger, bolder wines?  Try a Super Tuscan with added gumption!

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  1. This is Aaron and I's favorite quick dinner as well! We usually couple it with one of those 'salad in a bag' kits as well and would definitely go with the Chianti!

  2. I agree! Add a small salad trying not to add too many extra flavors, a bottle of Chianti, play some old-style Italian opera in the background and suddenly you're in Venice! Ok... sort of...