Food & Wine’s Pasta Favorites


The staff at Food & Wine has assembled ten of their favorite pasta dishes. What all share in common — they’re simple, fast, delicious and each has been paired with the perfect wine to harmonize the flavors for an unforgettable repast. Ideal for cold winter nights. As a sampler, go to the next page for the pasta with sausage, basil and mustard, paired with a soft, round Merlot.


Orecchiette with Sautéed Greens and Scallion Sauce

Pasta with Robiola and Truffles

Broken Lasagna with Walnut Pesto

Dan Dan Noodles with Pickled Mustard Greens

Bucatini with Pancetta, Pecorino and Pepper

Frascatelli Carbonara

Pasta with Salmon Caviar

Farfalle with Zucchini and Parsley-Almond Pesto

Spicy Scallops with Capellini

Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard


A quick pasta supper with warm, mildly spicy flavors that are perfect for a cool fall or winter evening.
  • 1 pound penne or medium shells
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 hot Italian sausages, meat removed from casings and crumbled (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced basil
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the cream, mustard and crushed red pepper and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the pasta and basil and toss to coat. Serve at once.



wine recommendation The ripe flavors of a soft, round California Merlot, such as the 1999 Markham or the 1999 Benziger, best complement this hearty pasta.


~ by eaesthete on 02/26/08.

2 Responses to “Food & Wine’s Pasta Favorites”

  1. ..looks absolutely delicious! Maybe if I stare at the picture long enough, I’ll get around to trying the recipe!

  2. Pasta also refers to dishes that have pasta as the main ingredient and which are usually spruced up with sauce or a type of seasoning.When pasta is cooked, it can be served with a variety of different sauces.The origins of pasta have been lost in the mists of time.There are records of Pasta dishes in the Mediterranean area dating back from before the time of Christ.

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