Red Wine Spaghetti with Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps

Now that we’ve thoroughly stuffed ourselves with an indulgent Valentine’s Day breakfast, let’s move right along to dinner. Sorry lunch. You’ve been skipped.

Since pasta and red wine are key ingredients to any romantic meal, I figured this was the perfect time to finally share this easy recipe. If you can boil water (I know you can!), you can make this Red Wine Spaghetti with Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps. And the color! If this doesn’t say Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what does.

The recipe makes two hearty, main meal-sized portions. So all you need is a salad, a crusty baguette and some extra wine for drinking and you’re good to go. We’re keeping it simple and we’re saving room for dessert. Obviously.

Oh and don’t break the bank with the wine. Just choose something you enjoy!

You know what else is great about this meal? Most of the ingredients are pantry staples. And trust me. I would know. Because I was trapped in my house for 5 days this past week as the result of ANOTHER snow storm that hit New England. Five whole days people! Can you imagine that? I had to dig deep into the pantry during those 5 days. It was bad. I ate some weird stuff.

And then when the snow finally cleared and I was able to re-enter society, my car wouldn’t start. No joke.

At this point, I was pretty convinced that my food blogging career was about to come to an end. I was out of food and it seemed that I would never be able to drive to the grocery store again. Floating Kitchen was sinking rapidly. My pen was poised to make the final entry in the Captain’s Log. I was preparing to abandon ship.

OK. I know that I’m being dramatic. But you’d be too if you had snow drifts that were over your head and a car that was about as useful as a paper weight.


I have no good segue here. All of my sarcasm and humor has apparently been used up for the day. So I’ll just end by saying go make this pasta and get ready for an amazing dessert on Friday!



Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

Red Wine Spaghetti with Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps

Serves 2

Red Wine Spaghetti with Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps


  • For the Parmesan Crisps
  • 1/2 cup grated or finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Pasta
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, mined
  • 2 cups red wine (I used a Zinfandel)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • Extra Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired


  1. Make the Parmesan crisps. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese and the black pepper. Divide the Parmesan into four small piles on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spacing them a couple inches apart from each other. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 6-7 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool. Once cooled, use a metal spatula to gently release the crisps from the parchment paper.
  2. Meanwhile, make the pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook for 6 minutes. Drain the spaghetti and set aside. Return the pot to the stove and place it over medium heat. Add the olive oil, garlic and shallot. Cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the red wine and bring it to a boil. Add the spaghetti back to the pot and cook it in the red wine for 4 minutes, tossing occasionally with tongs during this time. Remove the pot from the heat. There will be a small amount of liquid left. Cover the pot and let the spaghetti sit in the remaining liquid for 3-5 minutes.
  3. While the spaghetti is resting, make the herb garnish. Place the basil, parsley and thyme together in a small pile on a cutting board. Using a knife, mince the herbs until they are very finely chopped.
  4. Serve the pasta. Using tongs, divide the spaghetti evenly between two bowl. Sprinkle with the minced herbs and then garnish each bowl with two of the Parmesan crisps. Enjoy immediately.

40 comments on “Red Wine Spaghetti with Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps”

  1. I’m so glad that you’re blogging career isn’t over! 🙂 You make the most creative recipes, Liz! I’ve never heard of red wine spaghetti, I’m literally in awe over here. This sounds amazing, especially with the parmesan crisps!

  2. Girl, you just described my ideal dinner. Crusty baguette? Check. Little side-salad? Check. And the wine. Well, maybe beer. Or both.
    Ugh, so sorry to hear you were stuck for so long! My family sent me pictures and I went bug-eyed. It’s crazy how much there is!

    • It’s nuts here. I’m starting to wonder why I wanted to move back in the first place! You still thinking of moving back now? Ha ha! 🙂

  3. I too have found myself snowed in with no food and I know how much that sucks (not just for food blogging, but for at least having some great food to get through it :). I’ve become an avid weather-forecast watcher so I can shop ahead when I see a big one coming. Just in case! My family makes fun of me for my weather-watching ways, but they don’t complain when they get great food despite the weather outside.

    Love this spaghetti – that colour! And those crisps – I could eat a ton of those, too.

    • Oh yeah, the crisps are the best part! I tried to stock up, but I didn’t realize it was going to be so long. And then the whole car not starting thing threw another wrench in the spokes. It was nuts.

  4. I’ve always felt like lunch was over-rated. If you figure out how to make a sandwich appear romantic, you let me know, sista! This pasta looks like such an inviting meal! It’s been ages since I’ve slurped down some noodles, so I’d say I’m long overdue. And could you please send your winter my way? As annoying as it is to get trapped inside during storms, I’m craaaaaving it!! Cabin fever + this pasta sounds wonderful to me!

  5. This looks amazeballs. And anytime I am eating pasta that is a different color, I feel like I am really doing well in life and I have my crap together! Same thing when my truck is clean! Weird, I know, but it’s how I feel! 🙂

  6. Yay for drunk food!

  7. The snow storms you guys have been having have been insane!!! good thing you were stocked up! even if it included some weird stuff! and with this dish, I couldn’t agree more! pasta and red wine are key ingredients to any romantic meal. . I love red wine so i’m all over this! Stay warm and safe!

  8. Getting snowed in for 5 days and then your car won’t start? I think being dramatic is justified! I’m sorry you had to eat weird stuff, but sure am glad it gave you the time and incentive to create this pasta! It looks amazing! I hope some good weather comes your way soon.

  9. What a creative way to enjoy pasta! This would be so perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner – it looks fancy but wouldn’t take all day to prepare. 🙂 Those parmesan crisps are a great finishing touch!

  10. I love this pasta! Such a pretty color, and perfect for a romantic dinner for two. When I was little, my aunt cooked this for us and called it Drunken Pasta. I was so nervous eating it thinking I would get drunk. Haha! Oh 12 year old me, if only she knew how much wine I would one day drink 😉

    And so glad you commented on my blog Liz! I’ve been meaning to check yours out after seeing you in our little FB group. Added you to my reader! Excited to see what you cook up next!

    • Yeah you would probably have to eat a lot of this pasta to get drunk! Glad we were able to discover each other’s blogs through our FB group!

  11. I’m impressed that you came up with something this tasty from pantry items! Very creative. You must have been going stir crazy after 5 days – wow. I’ll second Alice on the ‘be warm and safe’!

  12. This dish is dead sexy!

  13. Talk about indulgent! Wine in food is great!

  14. This whole dish looks yummy, but I am really zeroing in on the parmesan crisps. I think I could just eat those for dinner!

  15. This pasta is seriously gorgeous, and you’ve combined my two favorite things EVER: wine and pasta! By the way, I didn’t realize you were an ex-biochemist…I am (almost) done my PhD in bchem (Cancer research, too!), and guess what? I’m out after this, too! (I want a life free from stress and one where I can actually have a life outside of the lab). So cool to meet someone in the same situation as me 🙂

  16. I made this years ago and I loved it. Yours looks so beautifully done and particularly delicious with those Parmesan crisps.

  17. I don’t think I could ever survive NE weather. I would go CRAZY if I couldn’t leave the house in 5 days…

    LOVELY color on this spaghetti!

  18. I can’t believe all the snow you guys are getting out there — it’s crazy! I hope you get some relief soon. This spaghetti is such a pretty color of red, and the black pepper in those crisps sounds delicious!

  19. This sounds delicious! OMG, that’s a lot of snow! Hang in there and appreciate the world in white for me because it doesn’t snow where I live.

  20. How fun!! Pink spaghetti is perfect for V-Day! And I love the Parmesan crisps… they look so delicious!

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