Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
25 Mins
Makes 6 servings

This red wine-tomato pasta is a simple meal that's easy enough for busy weeknights, yet elegant enough to serve to guests.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sauté garlic in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 1 minute or until lightly browned. Carefully stir in wine and next 5 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until thickened.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Stir together hot pasta, mozzarella cheese, and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese in a large serving bowl, tossing to coat until cheeses start to melt. Pour tomato sauce over pasta mixture, and toss to combine. Serve immediately with desired toppings.

Step 3

Red Wine-Tomato-and-Steak Pasta: Prepare sauce as directed. Stir 2 cups thinly sliced cooked steak into tomato mixture before simmering. Simmer 20 minutes or until thickened. Substitute 12 ounces penne pasta for thin spaghetti.

Step 4

White Wine-Tomato-and-Clam Pasta: Prepare sauce as directed, substituting dry white wine for red wine. Stir in 2 drained (5-ounce) cans chopped clams to tomato mixture just before tossing with pasta mixture.

Chef's Notes

Opening a bottle of wine for a small amount may seem wasteful unless you plan to serve the rest with dinner. Opt to buy the small bottles, usually sold in four-packs in the wine section of the supermarket. Use a Chianti or Merlot for red wine and Pinot Grigio for white in the White Wine-Tomato-and-Clam Pasta variation.

Ratings & Reviews


January 01, 2016
Just another tomato sauce. Any ready-to-cook tomato sauce from the supermarket would be the same... Nothing really overwhelmed.

Zabella's Review

June 14, 2014
This is a really delicious and simple dinner for those busy weeknights. Fresh herbs are key in this recipe. I often omit the cheese and sugar and use either whole wheat pasta or brown rice pasta. Fire-roasted tomatoes work well too.

Lenochka's Review

December 14, 2013
Very simple and really good!

Bigapplelady's Review

September 26, 2013
This is a lovely, simple recipe and I'm happy to report that it is my go-to on busy days ... I didn't realize there is an actual "recipe" for it, just a thing I've been doing for years. I am happy to note that no onion is included in the recipe ... I never use onion in this, and the proportions stated are perfect. Funny isn't it, how old family recipes become new again?

Mattadri's Review

April 17, 2011
So simple, cheap and delicious!!! We didn't have fresh basil, so we skipped and it was so good, so I can imagine how much better it would be with it. Perfect for a weekday night.

noemir's Review

August 18, 2010