Spaghetti with Chianti wine

Spaghetti with Chianti wine is a traditional Tuscan dish. A super-quick, simple and tasty recipe prepared with a sauce made comprised of Chianti wine, a traditional and famous red wine produced in the Chianti hills area. Its ruby red tone and the armonic flavour give this recipe a very special flavor. As always, the traditional version has been changed to adapt to all tastes.


Ingredients for 4 servings

400 g of spaghetti

200 g of sliced speck

1 middle-sized leek (about 180 g)

1 glass of Chianti wine (about 250 ml)

45 g of butter

20 g of grated Parmesan cheese

A pinch of nutmeg

Salt and ground pepper


After washing and finely slicing the leek stalk, remove the exterior leaves. Put aside a small quantity of it for the final garnish. Cook the rest of it on low heat in a pot with 30 g of butter. When the leek wilts, add the Chianti wine and a pinch of nutmeg and salt. Reduce the sauce for several minutes, until the alcohol in the wine is completely evaporated. Blend it in a mixer to create a creamy sauce and then add salt and pepper as desired. Slice the speck into small strips and cook it in a pot with butter for several minutes, until crunchy. Parboil, the leek that you have put aside for the garnish for just few seconds. In the same water, cook the pasta and drain it when it’s al dente (firm to the bite). Remember to put aside a spoonful of cooking water. Add spaghetti to the speck and sauté it for a couple of minutes. Add coking water to the wine cream, mix the sauce with pasta and grate Parmesan over it. Finally, decorate the plate with thin strips of leek.

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