Another steal from Saveur/my "Recipes to Make" notebook. Threw it together in fifteen minutes today, and it was to die for. Didn't have a Chianti handy, so I used a bottle of Goats do Roam (reserving a glass for myself, of course), and it was just fine. Be sure not to rinse the pasta after it's done - the winey tang on the noodles is delicious! Also, the prosciutto is quite salty, so salting during the cooking process is unadvisable. The red pepper gives it a wonderful bite. The recipe is so easy, and great for an impromptu fancy sunday night dinner. Enjoy!
TUSCAN SPAGHETTI WITH RED WINE
1 750-ml bottle Chianti or Chianti Classico
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3/4 pound (12 ounces) thin spaghetti or spaghettini, broken in half
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
3 very thin slices (1 1/2 ounces) prosciutto, chopped (not too small)
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
2 cups (about 3 ounces) fresh baby spinach
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Add Chianti, salt and enough water to fill a large pot and bring to a boil. Add spaghetti and stir. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, in a large frying pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. (If it starts to brown, lower heat.)
Add prosciutto or other ham and cook for another minute or two, until meat begins to sizzle. Add pepper flakes and cook a minute more. Toss in baby spinach and cook until totally wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with black pepper.
When spaghetti is done, remove about 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid from the pot and reserve. Drain pasta but do not rinse. Add spaghetti directly to frying pan along with 1/2 cup or so of the reserved cooking liquid, enough to make a sauce. Add chopped parsley. Toss pasta in pan to distribute ingredients and simmer a minute or 2 until cooking liquid has almost all evaporated. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and serve immediately.
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