3 easy pasta recipes to keep you warm in winter
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January 20, 2018

3 easy pasta recipes to keep you warm in winter

January is one of those months when all you want to do is snuggle up under a cosy blanket and stay at home all day. So how about a warm, comforting meal to help you beat the winter blues? Pasta dishes are perfect winter warmers – they’re easy to make and they go so well paired with a glass of wine. Today we are sharing three of our favourite pasta recipes and Bordeaux wines to go with each dish. From creamy mushroom pasta with a fruity Bordeaux white to a hearty Bolognese married to a rich red wine, we have the perfect winter dish and wine accompaniments for you.

Creamy mushroom pasta with garlic sauce

This creamy, garlic, parmesan sauce with sautéed mushrooms tastes fabulous served on top of a freshly cooked plate of pasta, such as spaghetti or tagliatelle.

Ingredients:

Serves 2

150-200g spaghetti

25g unsalted butter

2 tbsp. olive oil

300g mushrooms, sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely diced

2 green onions, chopped

150ml single cream

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp. flour

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish

Method

 

  • Cook pasta in salty water according to package directions.
  • Melt the butter with the olive oil over a medium-high heat in a large pan. Add the mushrooms and garlic and sauté for about 5 to 10 minutes until the mushrooms are brown and have reduced in size.
  • Add green onions, salt and pepper and stir to mix.
  • Add flour and stir to combine.
  • Add cream and cook until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency (about 5 minutes).
  • Remove the sauce from heat and stir in Parmesan and chopped parsley.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain and mix into the creamy sauce. If desired, garnish with extra parsley and Parmesan before serving.

 

A powerful and intense red wine from the regions of Médoc, such as Grand Plessis Grand Reserve 2015 Médoc, will perfectly match this dish, balancing its rich mushroom flavour.

Pesto pasta with roasted veggies

This recipe is not only delicious and easy to make but is great for using up whatever”s hanging around in your fridge. Pesto and pasta are a classic combination that pleases any palate. This versatile recipe works with a variety of pasta types, so spaghetti can easily be replaced with penne or any other pasta of your choice.

Ingredients:

Serves 2

150-200g spaghetti

200-250g baby sweet peppers or 2 normal sized peppers, any colour

1 small/medium courgette

1-2 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 ½ tbsp. pesto (or make your own)

1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Fresh basil leaves to taste

Method

 

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan or gas mark 6.
  • Slice the courgette and the peppers or use baby peppers as they are.
  • Arrange vegetables in the roasting tin and drizzle over the olive oil and black pepper to taste.
  • Place the roasting tin in the oven for 30 minutes, tossing the vegetables halfway through cooking.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions. Drain.
  • In a large bowl, mix pesto into the pasta, add roasted vegetables, fresh basil leaves and grated Parmesan and serve straight away.

 

So what about the wine? We recommend a crisp, fruity Bordeaux Blanc, such as Les Chartrons. You’ll find it’s the perfect accompaniment to these beautifully roasted vegetables.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Last but not least, an unmistakable classic that’s always a favourite winter warmer – spaghetti Bolognese. Traditionally this rich and satisfying sauce is served over spaghetti, but you can opt to serve your sauce over zucchini noodles, or steamed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower steaks, or butternut squash.

Ingredients:

Serves 4

400g minced beef

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, chopped

100g (1 big) carrot, grated

2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

350g spaghetti

250ml hot beef stock

1 tsp. dried oregano or mixed herbs

Salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese

Method

 

  • Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and once hot add the minced beef and a pinch of salt and pepper. Fry the meat for about 5 minutes, or until browned, stirring from time to time to break up the meat.
  • Add another tablespoon of olive oil, and the onion, carrot, and garlic. Stir over a medium heat for a few minutes, and then add the chopped tomatoes. Stir well, then add the beef stock. Add oregano and seasoning. Cook over a medium heat so the sauce boils gently, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until thick.
  • While the sauce is cooking, drop the spaghetti into a pan of salted boiling water and cook according to the instructions on the packet.
  • Drain the pasta and serve it with your sauce and the grated Parmesan cheese.

 

Wondering about the wine? This pasta tastes best paired with a red Bordeaux Supérieur, such as Château Brassac 2014 Bordeaux Supérieur, which adds structure and suppleness to this flavourful dish.

Get cooking!So there we have it – three winning winter dishes that are as tasty as they are easy to prepare. Why not give them a go?

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