For the most of us "party people" who seriously mean business, leftover wine means nothing; Right! They are all gone before we can remember what happened last night. But what if one day after you are dragging yourself to clean up after last night, you stumble into that half empty bottle of wine, and Oh! wait! here is another one! All opened up, breathing and just waiting for you! Don't you dare to overrun them down the drain, since I've got you covered with a nice plan that you'll thank me for it later.
Go grab your funnel, and pour the leftover bottles on top of each other in one large bottle. Seal it with a cork or a lid tightly and toss it in your refrigerator until you are ready. Now, you have a delicious cooking liquid for your next gourmet Pasta dish. It should be good to use up to a month or so.
Let's get cooking!
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes or (as much as you dare)
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 large tomatoes, chopped into 1 inch cubes
1 bunch asparagus, about 15 pcs/chopped to 2 inch pieces
1 bottle of dry red wine
1 lb spaghetti
lots of kosher salt
2 tbsp butter
In a large pot, combine the wine with 3 quarts of water and bring to boil. season it with salt generously and add the spaghetti, stirring it occasionally. Note that your Spaghetti will take a longer time to cook than usual due to red wine, I'd say it takes about 5-7 more minutes to get "al dente".
In a large frying pan, pour the olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and oregano together on a medium high heat and Saute everything for 2-3 minutes. don't take your eyes off of it. both garlic and pepper flakes burn quickly. now add the tomatoes and asparagus, season it with salt and black pepper, and let it saute for about 5 minutes until vegetables soften a little. When the sauce is ready add the drained spaghetti and mix it together with your tongs. finish the dish with adding the butter and tossing it one more time. Done! Serve this beauty with your choice of proteins like seared tuna, grilled Shrimp, or baked chicken.
- Do not skip the butter at the end! it's the secret ingredient after our wine.