Rotini In Merlot Tomato Sauce Recipe

This is a simple pasta dish fit for a special dinner.


1/2 pound rotini pasta
1/2 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1/4 cup merlot wine
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 pinch black pepper
12 bite sized tomatoes, in halves
A few sprigs chopped fresh parsley

*Optional: Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and salt.

Cook until al dente.

While the pasta cooks, make the sauce.

Heat olive oil in a medium pan.

Saute the onion over medium heat until translucent.

Add the garlic and cook 1 minute to release flavors.

Add the tomato paste, wine, water, oregano, and pepper. Heat through, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomatoes and cook another 5 minutes.

Gently mix the sauce and chopped fresh parsley into the cooked pasta.

You can serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.