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Samuele's Quarry Firecracker Red Spaghetti

Samuele's Quarry Firecracker Red Spaghetti
Recipe Date:
June 15, 2021
Serving Size:
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
  • 1 750ml bottle of Samuele's Quarry Red blend
  • 6 finely chopped, garlic cloves (About 3 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp finest Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (See note)
  • 8 tbsps salted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup finely grated, Parmesan cheese
  • 1 bunch basil, torn or chopped
  • crumbled, crisped Prosciutto or bacon for topping

Combine garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small bowl.  Heat a 1 1/2 to 2 quart heavy pot over medium heat; add 1 tablespoon of butter until melted.  Pour in garlic and oil.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes. (Note:  Start with 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes, the more you use, the more firecracker there is in the final dish.)  Gently cook all until the garlic is fragrant, but not browned, about 2-3 minutes.  Add one 750ml bottle of Samuele's Quarry Red Blend and increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.  Simmer, uncovered, until reduced by two-thirds, 20-25 minutes; season with salt and pepper.  Cover and keep warm.  You should have a little more than 1 cup of sauce.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions until very al dente.

Drain spaghetti and return to cooking pot.  Add the reduced wine sauce, along with remaining 7 tablespoons of butter.  Set pot over medium-high heat and bring sauce and spaghetti to a simmer.  Cook, tossing often, until pasta is tender, well-coated and the sauce is thickened; about 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and toss with 1/2 cup of the grated Parmesan and 1/2 of the basil.  (Reserve 1/2 of the basil for garnish.) Taste and season with more salt and pepper if necessary.

Divide spaghetti among four bowls; drizzle with additional Olive Oil.  Top with more Parmesan chesse and crumbled Prosciutto or bacon.  Garnish with the remaining basil.

Note 1:  If Sam is joining you for this dish, have additional red pepper flakes available to sprinkle on top.

Note 2:  If you are serving our Firecracker Red Spaghetti with a salad using our Zinfandel Vinaigrette, you can reserve two tablespoons of the wine before starting the sauce.  This sauce is rich enough that you won't notice the missing two tablespoons.