Chianti Classico Sauce

December 14, 2020  |  By Peg Kern
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Tagliatelle pasta on a cooking vacation in TuscanyWhen many think about food and Tuscany, they think: pasta. But a pasta is not complete without the perfect sauce! This seasonal and classical sauce comes from the kitchen of our Tuscany cooking vacation, “Cook in the Heart of Chianti,” and is very much based on the flavors you want (which is why most of the ingredients are “to taste”). So grab a bottle of Tuscan wine to cook with — and enjoy while cooking — and create a fabulous traditional Tuscan meal at home!

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Chianti Classico Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cook method: Simmer


  • Seasonal vegetables (including tomatoes), chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves
  • Garlic
  • Red wine (Chianti Classico preferred)
  • Vegetable broth

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For the roux

Cooking class in the heart of Chianti, Tuscany

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour

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1. Rinse the vegetables and chop coarsely, then place in a pot with olive oil. Add the sage, rosemary, garlic, and a couple bay leaves, and saute for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the red wine (“Cooking in the Heart of Chianti” uses Chianti Classico) and let boil for 10 minutes.

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2. When about half of the Chianti has evaporated, add vegetable broth (to evaporate the wine, it is very important to not cover the pan with the pot top).

Tuscan vineyard on a culinary vacation in Italy3. Put the heat to medium temperature and let simmer for about 2 hours, if the liquid becomes too dry, add more vegetable broth.

4. When you have a nice sauce, strain the sauce and add one spoon of roux (the roux is very easy to do: dissolve a teaspoon of butter, and then add a tablespoon of flour, after a few minutes remove from heat and let it cool before using, otherwise the sauce will form lumps).

5. Serve with your favorite pasta!

Check out another recipe featuring Chianti: Risotto al Chianti Classico.

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