Whether as a spice, addition to sauces and marinades or as an ingredient in unusual desserts, wine has always occupied an important place both in traditional and modern cuisine. The combinations are almost endless, and we bring you a treasure trove of tried and tested, inspiring recipes with the Čoka Winery wines as an indispensable ingredient!
• 230g spaghetti
• 2 large lemons (grate the peel and squeeze them)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/3 glass Ohrid Winery Chardonnay
• 2 tablespoons salted butter
• chopped parsley, thyme and spices to taste
• 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, with the addition of spices
• salt and pepper to taste
Fill the pot with water and bring to the boil, then add a pinch of salt and cook the spaghetti for a minute less than indicated on their packaging. Before you strain them, pour water from the pot into a cup and save for later.
Meanwhile, grind the garlic and grate the lemon zest. Cut the lemons in half and put their juice in a small bowl. Heat the olive oil on medium heat in a pan (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and fry for about a minute, until it slightly changes color. Finally, add the cayenne pepper and fry for a few more seconds. Add the lemon juice and garlic, increase the temperature from medium to high and stir, adding the wine. Stir until the liquid is reduced by half – for about 5 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper.
Add 2 tablespoons of water in which the pasta was cooked, add butter and turn off the heat when everything melts. Add the spaghetti, along with the grated lemon zest and parmesan, mixing everything. If necessary, add more boiled water (from the cup you set aside), one tablespoon at a time. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.
Serve with additional parmesan, thyme, cayenne pepper – all to your taste.