Drunken Pasta with Pancetta

Drunken Pasta with Pancetta

I know you’ve all heard of drunken pasta. Typically, it’s pasta that has been boiled in red wine. In theory it’s a good idea right, wine, pasta. Yes please. Well it’s yes until the plate arrives in front of you (at least for me). We eat with our eyes first, and red wine turns the pasta in this deathly looking greyish purple hue that’s completely unappetizing. Unless you use WHITE wine. Ding ding ding. Do you hear the bell going off in your head?

Drunken Pasta with Pancetta

I wish I could tell you how much of a genius I am for coming up with this idea on my own. BUT I can’t. I actually saw this in an old issue of Cooks Illustrated and the minute I saw white wine the bell started ringing. I took their concept and tweaked it a tad (I can’t ever leave good enough alone). I used a lot less wine than their recipe called for (don’t worry the rest didn’t go to waste we enjoyed it with the pasta) so technically I should have called it tipsy pasta but that doesn’t have the same ring to it so pfft.

Drunken Pasta with Pancetta

I could also tell you how slurp-worthy this pasta is, but then you would know I slurp my pasta and we can’t have that. Ha. So pop over to PARADE (where I moonlight) to get the recipe for DRUNKEN PASTA with PANCETTA.


Disclaimer: I am a contributor for Parade .


  1. 1
    Lora @cakeduchess /

    I’ve been dreaming of this since I caught it earlier today on FB…Che buona!!

  2. 2

    Seriously. I just fell over in my chair!

  3. 3

    OMG, This is too amazing. I need a huge bowl of this right now!

  4. 4

    Paula This looks delicious and a great idea! I love the styling of the pasta also!

  5. 5

    Yes! Brilliant idea. I love drunken pasta but have never tried with white wine.

  6. 6

    Yum! I love everything about this drunken pasta!

  7. 7

    I could eat pasta everyday and well drunken pasta will certainly be making it’s way into the rotation!

  8. 8

    Sounds great! I could probably get 2nd and 3rd plates of this.

  9. 9

    This looks so delicious!!

  10. 10

    HI Paula!
    I think I must be living in the stone age but I’ve never heard of drunken pasta. Your version looks so good.
    I think we are soul sisters when it comes to cooking as I frequently get accused of never leaving well enough alone! 🙂
    Hope to see you soon, I’m out of town this week but maybe next week???

  11. 11

    Love pasta, but drunken… You’ve just taken this to a whole new level! 🙂

  12. 12

    That looks wonderful! And it’s drunk – double wonderful!!

  13. 13

    This is over the top amazing!

  14. 14

    This looks so simple and yummy…. always looking for really good pasta dishes… love your pictures

  15. 15

    Yum Paula. Not that I’m a lush or anything – but you had me at Drunken. {wink}

  16. 16

    Oh my word. Where do I order this from? I can’t seem to find the lunch delivery form on your site 🙂

  17. 17

    Ooooo…I want to try this. Sounds fantastic!!

  18. 18

    I adore drunken pastas! And this definitely sounds prettier than the grey-ish red version. 😉 YUM!


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