Drunken Pasta

How to Make Drunken Pasta

Drunken Pasta is a recipe that will absolutely blow your mind. The spectacular way drunken pasta completely evokes all of your senses and yet is so simple makes it a winning dish every, single, time. Toss in some black olives and sprinkle over shavings of salty pecorino cheese and the red stained pasta will look like a piece of art…and yet taste just like your favourite pasta, served with a glass of red!

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How to Make Italian Drunken Pasta | Pasta al Vino

drunken pasta

drunken pasta

Drunken Pasta

Vincenzo's Plate


  • large pot for cooking pasta
  • Chopping-board
  • knife
  • Large fry pan
  • Pasta strainer


  • 300 grams Spaghetti Or use a dry. Short pasta
  • 100 grams Butter 3.53oz
  • 5 L Water
  • Rock salt
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 bottle Merlot wine
  • 20 Pitted Black olives cut in half
  • Generous handful chopped parsley


  • Drunken pasta is a quick meal which will satisfy all your tastebuds so get that big pot boiling with a large amount of water.
  • Once the water starts to boil, add a handful of rock salt and stir the water using a wooden spoon to help the salt dissolve.
  • To make the pasta al vino, take careful note of the cooking time on the packet (of pasta) – and when you cook your chosen pasta, only cook it in the boiling water for half this time.
  • Put a large size fry pan on the stove at a medium heat and add the butter, letting it melt down before adding the garlic and gently stirring it through.
  • Chilli flakes are optional for drunken pasta, but if you like the little kick they give your dish, be as generous as you like, adding some at this point and again mixing it well.
  • Once the garlic has started to brown, pour in half a bottle of merlot and leave to simmer.
  • At this point, the pasta should be half cooked, so strain it from the water and add it into the pan with the wine, letting it all dance together!
  • Mix this well using a wooden spoon, and add the olives, parsley and half a glass of pasta water.
  • Keep an eye on your cooking time and continue to mix the drunken pasta so that it is completely smothered in wine.
  • Then freshly grate pecorino cheese on top using a hand grater for either small or large shavings of the cheese and mix once again or toss it in the pan if you can every so often so the sauce completely smothers the pasta.
  • When the cooking time for the drunken pasta is up, your dish is ready!
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


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How to serve Drunken Pasta

Serve up a single portion of pasta,, grate some more pecorino cheese over the top along with a sprinkle of parsley and don’t forget – use a spoon to add some extra sauce and olives to each dish, they often get left at the bottom!



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