So a couple days ago I was planning dinner and wondering what I type of food & wine pairing I could do with a Pinot Grigio I had recently received to sample. My mind quickly went to something simple and filled with refreshing ingredients as that is what I want to pair a Pinot Grigio with. Anyways, I threw together an Al Fresco Pasta that was so delicious and paired so perfectly that I had to share. I hope you enjoy this food & wine pairing as much as we did. P.S. It is INCREDIBLY easy, yet, impressive (not to toot my own horn haha).
You will need:
2 sausages (I used Italian Chicken), sliced
8-10 basil leaves, chopped
cooked spaghetti noodles
a couple tomatoes (I used baby Roma’s- about 10 of them)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/8 cup of parmesan (optional)
2-3 cloves of garlic (optional)
dash of salt
dash of pepper
dash of crushed red pepper (optional)
1. cook the noodles according to the box (I cooked only enough for my husband and I)
2. cut the tomato into small chunks and place them in a pan lined with olive oil. Be generous with the olive oil as it will serve as the sauce. I cut the baby roma’s in half to give you an idea of tomato chunk size.
3. heat the tomatoes, garlic cloves, and sausage in the olive oil at medium temp for 10-15 minutes (be sure to not burn your garlic). I prefer my tomatoes cooked down pretty good so I cooked them for at least 15 minutes before moving to step 4.
4. add pepper, salt, crushed red pepper (optional) and 6-8 of your chopped basil leaves to the mixture. Cook for 5 minutes.
Note: do not stir too hard as you do not want the tomatoes to break apart.
5. add your cooked noodles to the pan and toss so that the mixture is completely incorporated. Once tossed, turn the heat up to high for 2-3 minutes to really cook up the noodles (stirring frequently)
6. Serve the pasta topped with your remaining chopped basil, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
The Torresella Pinot Grigio 2015 was recently released by the Torresella Winery located in Eastern Veneto region of Italy. This was a fairly dry white wine with a straw yellow color. This wine was very fresh tasting and soft on the palette. It paired beautifully with this meal but the winery recommends it be paired with a fish plate. At $12.95, I will be buying this one again.
I hope you all enjoy this food & wine pairing as much as we did! The beauty of this recipe is that you can add or omit pretty much anything and make it more to your tastes.