Red Wine Pasta Recipe – A Perfect Meal for Any Occasion!

The aroma of wine can tantalize the senses like no other. The rich, fruity notes and bold flavors of a good vintage can transport you to another world entirely. And what could be better than experiencing these delicious nuances in a dish that is not only hearty and satisfying but also easy to make? Enter my recipe for Rotwein-Nudeln – Red Wine Pasta With Spring Onions.

This dish is a quintessential Austrian main which has won hearts all over the world for its simplicity and boldness. With a perfect blend of red wine, parmesan cheese, heavy cream, and cinnamon, this pasta recipe is sure to melt your heart with every bite.

In this recipe, I have paired fettuccine pasta with charred spring onions to maximize the exciting texture play in every mouthful. The sauce complements the nuttiness of the fettuccine while still being light enough to let the flavors of the red wine shine through.

I first tasted this remarkable pasta recipe during a trip to Vienna – home to some of Austria’s best wines – and knew I had to recreate it in my kitchen. As soon as I got back from my trip, I experimented until I came up with a version that was just as spectacular as the original.

So come join me on this culinary journey where we’ll create an incredible pasta dish with a flavor profile that will leave you utterly spellbound.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Rotwein-Nudeln (Red Wine Pasta With Spring Onions)
Rotwein-Nudeln (Red Wine Pasta With Spring Onions)

Are you a pasta lover searching for new flavors? Look no further! This Rotwein-Nudeln (Red Wine Pasta With Spring Onions) recipe will tantalize your taste buds and bring an exciting twist to your pasta dishes.

What sets this dish apart is its unique use of red wine in the pasta sauce. The intense flavor of the wine combined with cinnamon and cream is the perfect complement to the savory fettuccine pasta. The spring onions charred in butter and olive oil then mixed into the sauce add a refreshing crunch and earthy flavor that will leave you craving more.

Not only is this meal delicious, but it also offers versatility in terms of serving and pairing options. You can enjoy it as a vegetarian entree or add some spicy chorizo or slow-cooked field mushrooms to give it some extra protein and depth of flavor. Plus, it pairs perfectly with a glass of red wine to fully enjoy the rich taste of the dish.

Don’t miss out on one of Austria’s top 30 mouth-watering main dish recipes. Go ahead, take a chance on this unique creation, and wow your dinner guests with its amazing flavor. This recipe will give you all the reasons why you’ll love it.

Ingredient List

“Cozy up with a bowl of our delicious red wine pasta on a chilly night”

To make this delicious Rotwein-Nudeln recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fettuccine pasta
  • 1 tablespoon of salt for the pasta water
  • 4 cups of water to cook the pasta
  • 2 cups of full-bodied red wine (such as a Merlot or Shiraz)
  • 1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Don’t be afraid to use your favorite dry red wine in this recipe. Choose a wine with flavors and aromas that you enjoy drinking on their own, as they will be concentrated in the sauce. The cream and Parmesan cheese add richness to the sauce, while the cinnamon brings out the sweetness in the wine. Green onion pairs beautifully with red wine and provides a fresh crunch to every bite.

The Recipe How-To

“Red wine and pasta – two of my favorite things combined into one dish”

Now that we have our ingredients prepared, let’s dive into the cooking process of this delectable red wine pasta with spring onions recipe.

Step 1: Cook The Pasta

Fill a pot with salted water and bring it to boil. Once the water is boiling, add in one package of dry fettuccine pasta, broken in half. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.

Step 2: Prepare The Spring Onions

While the pasta is cooking, trim and slice the green onions. Slice them in half lengthwise and mix them with one tablespoon of olive oil on a separate bowl.

Step 3: Make The Cream Sauce

In a saucepan, melt two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add in one cup of red wine and let it simmer for 5 minutes until reduced by half. Add one cup of heavy cream into the saucepan and mix well. Add a pinch of cinnamon into the saucepan before sieving the sauce mixture.

Step 4: Combine Everything

Once the pasta is done cooking, drain it and transfer it to a large bowl. Toss it in the pan with the cream sauce, followed by the chopped spring onions and some grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Step 5: Garnish And Serve

Top your pasta with charred spring onions and serve hot. Voila! Your delicious Rotwein-Nudeln (Red Wine Pasta With Spring Onions) recipe is ready to be savored.

Pro tip: The beauty about this recipe is that you can easily adjust it according to your personal taste preference. You can opt to add spicy chorizo or slow-cooked field mushrooms as variation per serving request.

Substitutions and Variations

“Spring onions add an extra layer of flavor to this already delicious pasta dish”

When cooking Rotwein-Nudeln, there is room for creativity and variations to make the recipe your own. Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations:

– Pasta: Instead of fettuccine pasta, you can use other types of dry pasta like spaghetti, linguine, or penne.

– Wine: While red wine is used in this recipe, you can experiment with different types of red wine for different flavor profiles. Alternatively, you can try white wine or rose.

– Cheese: If you don’t have parmesan cheese on hand, you can try using pecorino romano or asiago cheese instead.

– Cream: Heavy cream provides richness to the dish but if you want a lighter version, you can substitute it with half-and-half or milk.

– Spices: Instead of cinnamon, try nutmeg or allspice for a warm and spicy touch.

– Vegetables: While spring onions are the star of the show in this recipe, you can add other vegetables like asparagus or mushrooms for more flavor and texture.

– Protein: For a heartier meal, add cooked diced chicken, shrimp or spicy chorizo sausage to the dish.

With these substitutions and variations, your Rotwein-Nudeln will be unique and tailored to your taste preferences. So don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

“Perfectly cooked al dente pasta coated in a rich and flavorful red wine sauce”

After preparing this delectable Rotwein-Nudeln with spring onions, you would want to make the most of it by presenting it in a beautiful dish. A simple white plate is perfect for highlighting the attractive mix of fettuccine pasta and the crimson-red wine sauce. To add an extra level of finesse, you can sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese over the top.

This pasta dish is a delicious meal that pairs perfectly with a glass of red wine, especially one that complements its flavors. A glass of spicy Chorizo or a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with its firm tannins can balance the creaminess of the sauce with their boldness. On the other hand, a crisp Pinot Noir, with notes of bright fruit and mellow tannins, can enhance the delicate flavors of spring onions and white wine if you are using it in place of red.

If you prefer to stick to non-alcoholic beverages, consider serving iced tea or sparkling water with a slice of lemon for refreshing sips while enjoying your meal.

As for pairing dishes with this excellent Rotwein-Nudeln recipe, you can serve it alongside some slow-cooked mushrooms or steamed vegetables such as rainbow Swiss chard or roasted acorn squash. You can also pair it with a side salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette that blends in perfectly with the flavors of the pasta.

In conclusion, serving and pairing are essential aspects of every meal. With this recipe, you have endless options to serve and pair your Rotwein-Nudeln as per your preference.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Satisfy your carb cravings with this indulgent and easy-to-make dish”

You can easily make this red wine pasta ahead of time, which makes it perfect for dinner parties and holiday gatherings. Simply cook the pasta according to package directions, and then toss it with the sauce. Let it cool down to room temperature and store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to four days.

To reheat the pasta, you can either use a skillet or reheat it in the microwave. If using the skillet method, add a tablespoon of butter or olive oil over medium heat and sauté for a few minutes until heated through. You can also add an extra splash of heavy cream to restore its creamy texture.

Microwaving is by far the quickest and most straightforward way of reheating. Before microwaving, add a tablespoon of water or milk to the pasta to prevent it from drying out. Microwave on high for 30-second intervals until heated through, stirring each time interval.

One fabulous thing about this recipe is that the flavors will keep developing as they sit in the refrigerator, which means that leftovers will taste even better than when you first made them. This makes it an excellent option for meal prep too!

Tips for Perfect Results

“A quick and simple yet impressive meal for any weeknight dinner”

Now that you have your ingredients ready, here are some tips to ensure perfect results for your Rotwein-Nudeln dish:

1. Cook pasta al dente: Overcooked pasta can turn mushy and ruin the texture of the dish. Follow the package directions for cooking time but check the pasta a minute or two before it’s done to avoid overcooking.

2. Save some pasta water: Before draining your cooked pasta, scoop out a cup of pasta water to add to your sauce. The starchy water will help thicken and emulsify the sauce.

3. Use a wide pan: The wider the pan, the more surface area there is for the sauce to coat the pasta evenly. Use a large sauté pan or wok to toss your noodles in.

4. Don’t forget to char the spring onions: Charring brings out sweetness and adds depth of flavor to vegetables. Don’t skip this step when making the Rotwein-Nudeln recipe.

5. Keep the sauce warm: If you’re making the cream sauce ahead of time or waiting for your pasta to cook, keep the sauce warm on low heat so it doesn’t dry out and become lumpy.

6. Use fresh parmesan cheese: Freshly grated parmesan cheese has better flavor than pre-shredded cheese.

7. Adjust seasoning at the end: Taste your dish before serving and adjust salt and pepper seasoning as needed.

With these tips and tricks in mind, you’ll be able to create a mouth-watering Red Wine Pasta with Spring Onions every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Rotwein-Nudeln recipe is a must-try for any pasta enthusiast who loves to venture into new flavors. With its rich red wine flavor combined with silky cream sauce and spring onions, this dish promises to tantalize your taste buds with every mouthful.

Whether you’re cooking a hearty meal for your family or looking for an impressive dish to serve your guests, this recipe is sure to be a hit. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be customized to suit your taste preference by incorporating different variations such as spicy chorizo or slow-cooked field mushrooms.

So why not try out this Austrian-inspired dish for yourself? Indulge in the flavors of red wine pasta spring onions and experience the warmth and comfort of a hearty meal right at home. With its savory blend of ingredients, you’ll never look at ordinary pasta recipes the same way again.

Rotwein-Nudeln (Red Wine Pasta With Spring Onions)

Rotwein-Nudeln (Red Wine Pasta With Spring Onions) Recipe

Rotwein-Nudeln Mit Fruehlingszwiebeln, from a Betty Bossi cookbook (Switzerland). A Swiss friend prepared this for me when I was living overseas. It is a simple but tasty dish. The salt helps the pasta absorb the red wine color. I have translated the recipe from German so it may need some tweaking.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Calories 857.8 kcal



  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 bunches green onions, sliced (spring onions, about 300 g.)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • 1 liter merlot or 1 liter other red wine
  • 2 1/8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 14 -18 ounces fettuccine pasta or 14 -18 ounces other dry pasta


  • Sauce:.
  • In saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add green onions and saute until softened. Add cream and cinnamon and bring to boil. Let simmer 5 minutes.
  • Add Parmesan, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Pasta:.
  • In large pot combine red wine and water and bring to a boil. Add salt.
  • Cook pasta al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain.
  • Serve pasta topped with cream sauce.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 629gCalories: 857.8kcalCarbohydrates: 69.6gProtein: 19.3gFat: 36.5gSaturated Fat: 21.5gCholesterol: 195.8mgSodium: 2032.7mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 3.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Austrian, European, German, Onions, Spring, Swiss, Vegetable
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