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Red Wine Pasta

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Red Wine Pasta is angel hair pasta in a delicious, decadent red wine marinara sauce! I love this vegan pasta recipe because it is super quick to make, yet tastes like something that is a bit fancier than regular spaghetti, you know? It’s great for date night, but also just a regular weeknight when you want something easy and tasty.

Using angel hair pasta makes this extra quick because it only takes a few minutes to fully cook. The sauce is about 15 minutes from start to finish, and is rich, a little cheesy, herby and so so good.

Weeknight dinners don’t have to be boring (or cooked from frozen) when you have fun recipes like this in your back pocket! I mean sure, a frozen pizza is a great option when you want zero work. But, sometimes you have a little extra energy to make something new and exciting, and this is the recipe for those times!

This recipe is based off of my One-Pot Red Wine Mushroom & Beef Pasta which is very similar but the pasta and sauce are both cooked in the same pot. It takes a little longer though, which is why I love this version for busy weeknights because it is even quicker!

Why You’ll Love This Red Wine Pasta Recipe

  • Weeknight friendly. This recipe only takes 15 minutes to make so it’s the perfect dish for any night. It comes together with simple steps, making it a breeze to get dinner on the table even after a long day.
  • Perfect for a dinner party or date night. All eaters will love this flavorful vegan pasta recipe. It’s the perfect meal to make for a romantic night in because it has all the flavor but lets you spend more time with your sweetie and less time in the kitchen.
  • Simple ingredients. You might already have all the ingredients for this vegan red wine pasta, and if not, they should be easy to obtain from your local grocery store.

Key Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Olive oil: Important so none of the flavor sticks to your pan! You can use any neutral cooking oil instead, or even a bit of vegan butter.
  • Mushrooms: Any fresh mushrooms you like will work. Baby Bella or white button mushrooms are great here.
  • Fresh garlic: Just a bit of fresh garlic adds lovely flavor to this recipe. If you don’t have fresh garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of jarred minced garlic or 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder will work.
  • Marinara sauce: Use your favourite marinara sauce in this recipe.
  • Red wine: A key ingredient in red wine pasta! Some brands of wine use non-vegan fining agents, though, so check Barnivore if you’re not sure.
  • Bay leaf (optional): This adds a little more flavor to the red wine pasta sauce, but feel free to skip it if you don’t have bay leaves.
  • Salt and pepper: To taste!
  • Vegan cheese shreds: I’d recommend mozzarella-style shreds or vegan parmesan cheese.
  • Fresh basil: A little fresh basil adds a big punch of flavor to this red wine pasta, but a pinch of dried basil will also work.
  • Angel hair pasta: While you can use any pasta you like, angel hair pasta is the perfect choice for this recipe. Other nice options include thin spaghetti or penne. Use a gluten-free pasta if needed.
  • Vegan parmesan cheese, optional for garnish: I love a little grated vegan parmesan cheese in this recipe. Violife makes a lovely vegan parmesan block you can grate with a microplane.
  • Chilli flakes, optional for garnish: Add a little pinch of chilli flakes (also known as red pepper flakes) to your pasta if you like a little spice.

How to Make Red Wine Pasta

  1. Cook the pasta. In a large pot on high heat, boil the pasta according to package directions. Just before draining, set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water for later. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook mushrooms and garlic. Meanwhile, in a medium pot or large frying pan over medium-high heat, add oil, mushrooms and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until the mushrooms are browned.
  3. Make the red wine pasta sauce. Add the marinara sauce, red wine, pasta water, bay leaf, basil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick. Remove the bay leaf just before the next step.
  4. Assemble the red wine pasta. Add the vegan cheese and stir until melted. Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine. Serve with vegan parmesan cheese, fresh (or a pinch of dried) basil and chilli flakes (if using).

Ideas for Serving

This vegan red wine pasta is a lovely main dish, and would be perfect to serve with your favourite vegetables or a side salad like strawberry, feta, and balsamic greens salad (vegan). Either traditional vegan garlic bread or this Thick Cut Air Fryer Garlic Bread (vegan) are a must to serve with this pasta dish.

Beforehand, as an appetizer, serve this vegan whipped ricotta dip. And for dessert, try this amazing vegan chocolate cake or these vegan chocolates with vanilla cream centers.

How to Store

I think pasta is always best the first night, but you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

Reheat gently in the microwave or a skillet over low heat and add fresh basil and extra vegan parmesan before serving.

Recipe FAQs

Is wine vegan?

Depending on your location, many wines are actually not vegan. Non-vegan (animal-based) ingredients are frequently used in the fining process, so make sure to check if the red wine you are buying is made with vegan fining agents. You can check by researching the names of the brands. Barnivore is a great resource.

What type of red wine should I use?

Any red wine will work, but I recommend using a dry red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir or Zinfandel. You don’t need to cook with expensive wine, either, but you should use one that you enjoy.

Can I use white wine instead?

Yes, you can use a dry white wine (not sweet) like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Does the alcohol burn off?

No, this recipe is so quick that most of the alcohol content will remain. There isn’t enough alcochol to get drunk off the pasta alone, but most of the alcohol content of the wine is still present.

Can I make this pasta without wine?

Certainly. You can add a little vegetable broth in its place. The red wine does add some flavor, but you can always adjust the other flavors in the recipe to suit your preferences.

Can I add protein to the recipe?

You can definitely add protein! Try using your favourite vegan chicken from the store, or add tofu, soy curls, tempeh, seitan, or even chickpeas. Using legume pasta will also add more protein to this recipe.

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Red Wine Pasta


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  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings

Description

Angel hair pasta in a rich, slightly creamy red wine marinara sauce with mushrooms.


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese shreds
  • handful of fresh basil, shredded or a pinch of dried basil
  • 2 servings angel hair pasta (approx 160 g)
  • vegan parmesan cheese, optional for garnish
  • pinch of chilli flakes, optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot on high heat, boil the pasta according to package directions. Just before draining, set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water for later. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pot or large frying pan over medium-high heat, add oil, mushrooms and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until the mushrooms are browned.
  3. Add the marinara sauce, red wine, pasta water, bay leaf, basil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick. Remove the bay leaf just before the next step.
  4. Add the vegan cheese and stir until melted. Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine. Serve with vegan parmesan cheese, fresh (or a pinch of dried) basil and chilli flakes (if using).

Notes

  • Depending on your location, many wines are actually not vegan. Non-vegan (animal-based) ingredients are frequently used in the fining process, so make sure to check if the red wine you are buying is made with vegan fining agents. You can check by researching the names of the brands. Barnivore is a great resource.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

One Comment

  1. This was so easy and so so good!! I didn’t have any mushrooms so subbed in bell pepper, but it was delicious. Will definitely make this again.






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