Red wine linguine

Well this is something out of the ordinary. I always wanted to try this recipe. Had the girls over, and they went crazy for it. You will be a star chef when you prepare this easy dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups water
  • 3 1/4 cups dry red wine
  • Salt
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil and parsley
  • 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

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill a saucepan with the water, three 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.
  2. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the garlic and 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 simmer. Stir in the pasta and cook until the liquid is nearly absorbed, 2 minutes. Add the parsley, nuts, the 1/2 cup of cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and toss. Season the pasta with the basil-parsley mixture, salt and pepper and serve, passing grated cheese at the table.
  3. Serve with Montepulciano Red Wine or Barola.

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