I was hosting a New Year’s Eve party for about 20 people. I spent the day cooking, cleaning, running to the store, and generally just stressing out. By the time my guests arrived, I was exhausted. And I barely had time to eat.
It was a BYOB party, and there were plenty of drinks to choose from. But I decided not to have anything because I was tired and hadn’t eaten anything substantial all day.
The night went on and we had a lot of fun. At midnight, someone opened a bottle of champagne. Just to be funny, I asked my friend Meredith if she would pose with me linking our arms and sipping champagne out of our glasses (Don’t judge. We’re weird like that). She obliged, we posed, and I took two tiny sips out of my glass for this photo:
Boy, was that a mistake. The result?
Worst. Hangover. Ever. And it lasted all stinkin’ day. I really don’t know what happened, but it wasn’t good. My New Year’s Day was spent sleeping on the couch and 2013 was off to a horrible start. All for two tablespoons of champagne.
The reason that this story matters is because my friends left random bottles of beer and wine at my place after they left. After vowing to never drink any alcohol ever again after this disaster, I had to come up with alternative uses for these leftover drinks. I made a couple of batches of Guinness cupcakes, and this red wine pasta sauce.
The next time you have leftover red wine and don’t want to drink it, give this pasta sauce a go. I think you’ll like it and it won’t make you sick. I promise.
- Onions (2 medium) = $.40
- Garlic (2 cloves) = $.08
- Olive oil (1/4 cup) = $.31
- Canned tomatoes = $.99
- Table wine (2 cups) = $1.50
- Other ingredients (salt, spices, etc.) = $.10
Total cost for entire recipe = $3.38
Cheap recipe tip: Buy a bag of onions instead of buying them individually.
Red Wine Pasta Sauce Recipe
Cook Time: 20 min
Total Time: 25 min
No need to use fancy red wine for this recipe. Use whatever you have on hand.
2 medium onions, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can of chopped tomatoes
2 cups red table wine
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Spices, to taste: Garlic powder, oregano, pepper
In a large saucepan, saute onions in olive oil over medium heat until onions begin to soften: about 3 or 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, wine, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and desired spices. Serve over pasta.