7 Top Recipes you Must Try with Wine as an Ingredient

You purchased an expensive bottle of wine and you wonder what other things you can do with it aside from drinking. Well, I got an answer for you: bake or cook with wine.


You probably wouldn’t cook with wine as the main ingredient. But, for the sake of breaking you a dull table and to explore new delicacy, why not? Having this in your recipe is never a waste of money, it will give you a golden experience instead. 


Numerous wine enthusiasts often make their wine as an ingredient of cooking for their dinner meal. Aside from the fact the wine provides a healthy diet, it will also bring out the hidden flavor of the foods. 


Here are the top recipes that resemble how great and versatile wine is. You can do it at home. Easy to make and will perfectly delight your taste buds. 


Basic Spaghetti with Red Wine

Who knows that your typical pasta will turn into a unique and delightful dish? Just simply boil your dried pasta in a pan using red wine. 



5 cups of water

3 1/4 cups dry red wine


3/4 pound spaghetti 

1/4 cup olive oil 

4 small garlic cloves

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley 

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Freshly ground black pepper


Meat Loaf with Full-Bodied Red Wine

If you are a fan with caramels, this is the recipe that fits for you. The full-bodied red wine caramelizes the whole meatloaf as it bakes. Try some bottle of Cabernet. 



2 slices of white sandwich bread

1/2 cup milk 

1 large egg yolk 

2 tablespoons of flat-leaf parsley 

1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped the sage 

1 teaspoon chopped thyme 

1 tablespoon kosher salt 

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper 

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 

Pinch of cayenne pepper 

3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano


Lentils and Herbs with Red Wine

Lentils and Herbs are some of the perfect matches for red wine. Lentils, a French-type dish also works well with soup and salads.



1 1/2 cups French green lentils


1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 small red onion

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup dry red wine 

1 packed cup baby spinach

1/2 cup chicken stock

1 tablespoon crème fraîche 

4 lightly packed cups mâche

1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 

1/4 cup chopped cilantro 

Freshly ground pepper


Chocolate Red Wine Cake

The red wine balance the sweetness of this chocolate cake, giving you a delightful flavor. Considering dessert in your table, especially if it is chocolate cake which is made in wine will truly give you a sweet experience. 



2 cups all-purpose flour 

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

2 sticks unsalted butter

1 and 3/4 cups sugar 

2 large eggs 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

1 and 1/4 cups dry red wine


Grilled Ham with Strawberry Jam

Want some unique flavor of your bread during breakfast? Try this grilled ham sandwich spiked with Pinot Noir. 



1/4-inch-slices of brioche 

½ cups of strawberry jam combined with 2 tablespoons of Pinot Noir wine

10 slices of baked ham 

10 slices of Gruyère cheese

Softened Butter


Short Ribs Marinated in Red Wine

Marinate the ribs and vegetables in red wine overnight to get the better result. You can also use the marinade as a braise. The red wine will bring out the true and delightful flavor of the ribs.



1 medium leek, pale and green parts 

1 small onion

2 Carrots

3 Garlic Cloves

10 parsley sprigs 

2 thyme sprigs 

2 bay leaves

8 beef short ribs on the bone

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil 

Salt  ground black pepper 

All-purpose flour

2 cups chicken stock

2 cups beef stock


Mini Cheesecakes with Wine as Toppings

Some cheesecakes are too sweet and heavy, but you can lighten it up by adding goat cheese and any variety of white wines



3 tablespoons unsalted butter

7 whole graham crackers 

1 tablespoon sugar 

1 large egg yolk 

Pinch of salt 

10 and 1/2-ounce log of fresh goat cheese

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons crème fraîche



The versatility of the wine makes it essential to every home, in the kitchen.  Whether you pair it with food or make it as an ingredient for cooking, it always plays a vital role. 


It is not just made for drinking. It serves for various purposes. Whether you like the western or eastern type of foods, you can always make it with wine. Purchasing a bottle of wine is never a waste of money. It always makes sense. 

Scarlett Wells

Scarlett Wells

Scarlett Wells is a dedicated health and wellness coach. She’s a full-time blogger who gives so much attention in providing realistic insights on how a person can keep an excellent lifestyle. Moreover, as she goes along and continues her mission to help people in achieving a healthy lifestyle, she also wants to empower each woman to create sustainable ways for lasting happiness, health, and confidence.
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