I know this spaghetti looks an awful lot like linguine because it is. I didn’t have spaghetti and really wanted to make this. Not a huge difference and the taste is the same but spaghetti really would be best. I think it might even look a deeper purple which is cool. I got this recipe from an ’05 Gourmet Magazine. It’s quick and easy and so yummy that I am categorizing it ” Late Night”. Obviously anytime of the day or night is the right time for pasta cooked in red Zinfandel … make this. Frequently : )
1 3/4 lb broccoli, thick stems discarded
1 lb spaghetti
1 (750-ml) bottle red Zinfandel ( an Italian Primitivo is basically the same. Maybe even better ?)
1 teaspoon sugar
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano ( 1/2 cup)
Cut broccoli into 1-inch-wide florets. Blanch in a 6 to 8 qt pot of boiling, salted water uncovered, 2 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a large colander to drain, reserving broccoli-cooking liquid in pot, then transfer broccoli to a bowl.
Return cooking liquid to a boil and cook spaghetti, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes (pasta will not be fully cooked). Drain in colander and return empty pot to stovetop. Add wine and sugar to pot and boil vigorously 2 minutes. Add spaghetti and shake pot to prevent pasta from sticking. Gently stir with tongs until coated and boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until most of liquid is absorbed, about 6 minutes (pasta will be al dente).
Immediately after adding spaghetti to wine mixture, cook garlic and red pepper flakes in oil in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until garlic is pale golden, about 5 minutes. Add broccoli, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
Increase heat to high and pour spaghetti mixture into skillet, tossing with tongs to combine (skillet will be very full). Cook, stirring, until all of wine is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Serve immediately.