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Spice Up Your Weeknight: Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta with Kicked-Up Marinara Sauce

Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta with Spicy Marinara Sauce

Looking for a quick and flavorful Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta dish that packs a punch? This recipe for Whole Wheat Rotini with Spicy Marinara Sauce is here to save the day (and your taste buds)! It’s a vibrant twist on the classic marinara, perfect for busy weeknights when you crave something satisfying without spending hours in the kitchen.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Simple and Quick: Ready in under 20 minutes, this recipe is perfect for those nights when you need dinner on the table fast.
  • Flavorful Kick: The combination of marinara sauce, Merlot wine, and crushed red pepper delivers a delicious blend of sweet, savory, and spicy notes.
  • Wholesome Twist: Using whole wheat rotini boosts fiber and nutrients compared to traditional pasta.
  • Plant-Based Delight: This recipe is naturally vegan and vegetarian, making it a satisfying option for everyone at the table.
  • Customizable: Adjust the amount of crushed red pepper to your preferred spice level. Feel free to add other vegetables, like chopped spinach or mushrooms, for extra heartiness.
wheat rotini pasta
Wheat Rotini Pasta

Ingredient Breakdown: Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta with Kicked-Up Marinara Sauce

This recipe features a mix of pantry staples and fresh elements that come together to create a flavorful and satisfying pasta dish. Let’s delve into each ingredient:

Base:

  • Whole Wheat Rotini: The heart of the dish, this whole wheat pasta provides a satisfying base with added fiber compared to traditional white pasta. Its corkscrew shape helps trap the delicious sauce for maximum flavor capture.

Sauce:

  • Marinara Sauce (2 pounds): The star of the show! Choose your favorite brand of marinara sauce for a flavor foundation. Opt for brands with fresh ingredients and minimal added sugars for optimal taste and quality.
  • Unsalted Butter (1 tablespoon): Adds richness and depth to the sauce without overpowering other flavors.
  • Fresh Rosemary Sprig: Infuses the sauce with a subtle herbal aroma and warmth.
  • Merlot Wine (¼ cup): This dry red wine adds complexity and depth to the sauce, enhancing its savory notes. You can substitute with other dry red wines like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon if needed.
  • Crushed Red Pepper (Pinch): The key to the “kick” in this dish! Adjust the amount based on your preferred spice level. Start with a pinch and add more to taste.

Optional Garnishes:

  • Grated Cheese: A classic topping for pasta, adding creaminess and a salty bite. Choose your favorite variety, like Parmesan, Romano, or Pecorino.
  • Chopped Scallions: Offer a fresh and slightly pungent counterpoint to the richness of the dish. They also add a pop of green color.

Check out the recipe below for the full recipe.

Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta with Spicy Marinara Sauce
Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta with Spicy Marinara Sauce

Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, use a high-quality marinara sauce with fresh ingredients. Look for brands that don’t have added sugars or preservatives.
  • Don’t have Merlot? Other dry red wines like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon can work, too.
  • If you’re short on time, shred store-bought, pre-cooked rotisserie chicken into the sauce for added protein.
  • Add NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce for a more flavorful pasta dish.
  • Top with fresh basil leaves for a bright and aromatic touch.

Additional Notes:

  • The recipe recommends using high-quality marinara sauce and Merlot wine for the best flavor experience.
  • This recipe is easily customizable! Add chopped vegetables like spinach or mushrooms for extra texture and nutrients.
  • Leftover cooked rotisserie chicken can be shredded and added to the sauce for a quick protein boost.

This recipe is a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy a classic comfort food with a healthy and flavorful twist. So grab your ingredients, fire up the stove, and get ready to savor a taste of spicy satisfaction!

Remember, this is just a guide. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and adjust the recipe to your preferences!

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Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta with Spicy Marinara Sauce

Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta with Spicy Marinara Sauce
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 6
Calories 181 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz. whole wheat Rotini pasta
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 fresh sprig Rosemary leaves
  • 2 pound marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup Merlot wine
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook the rotini pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some of the pasta cooking water before draining.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over low-medium heat. Add the rosemary sprig and let it sizzle for a couple of minutes, releasing its fragrant oils.
  • Slowly pour in the marinara sauce and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add the Merlot wine and crushed red pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Drain the pasta and add it directly to the sauce. Toss to coat everything evenly.
  • If the sauce seems too thick, add a splash of the reserved pasta water to thin it out.
  • Cook for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately. Garnish with grated cheese or chopped scallions, if desired.

Notes

It is recommended to use a good marinara sauce brand and a good merlot wine.
  • For a richer flavor, use a high-quality marinara sauce with fresh ingredients. Look for brands that don’t have added sugars or preservatives.
  • Don’t have Merlot? Other dry red wines like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon can work too.
  • If you’re short on time, use store-bought pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and shred it into the sauce for added protein.
  • Top with fresh basil leaves for a bright and aromatic touch.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 718mgPotassium: 497mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 718IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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