Date Night Pasta with Red Wine Reduction

In this recipe, Barilla Linguine is simmered in red wine which imparts a beautiful rosé color to the pasta.

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Cooking Tip: Star anise, one of the main ingredients found in Chinese five spice, is a star shaped pod that has a peppery liquorish taste. It is usually located in the spice aisle, and can be found in grocery stores that carry specialty ingredients, as well as Chinese food stores.


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Ingredients 4 Servings


  • ½ box Barilla® Linguine
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper corn, whole
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 star anise
  • ½ bottle Chianti wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 4 slices bacon
  • ½ cup Parmigiano cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • Salt to taste
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  • In a sauce pan, sauté shallot with black pepper and olive oil for three minutes.
  • Stir in red wine and bay leaves, bring to a boil and reduce to half.

  • Stir in broth and anise stars, bring back to a boil and reduce to half once again, season very lightly with salt and strain. Reserve anise stars for garnishing the dish later, and place liquid in a skillet.
  • Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil; cook pasta 3 minutes less than directed on the package.
  • In a separate dry skillet sauté bacon until crispy, drain and set aside.

  • Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water. 
  • Add pasta to skillet with wine reduction liquid and finish over high heat until fully cooked. If needed, add some reserved pasta water. Turn heat off and finish with butter.
  • Plate and garnish with crumbled crispy bacon, cheese, star anise and chives.
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