As far as kitchen fails go, there’s nothing quite as annoying as pouring out that half a bottle of wine you forgot about weeks ago. You’re watching your hard-earned pennies (and wine nights) go down the drain, literally. So next time you’ve got leftover wine you know you won’t drink or that’s starting to border on “is this still good?” territory, we suggest adding it to your dinner instead of tossing it out. There are plenty of ways to cook with wine, from making pasta sauce and marinades to using it for popsicles. Yep, wine can now officially be dessert… get excited.
Dry white wine makes pasta taste rich but not too heavy, so it’s perfect for date night or just a casual weeknight when you’re feeling something (slightly) fancy. This recipe uses buttery shiitake mushrooms, fresh parsley, and fragrant garlic to pack in tons of flavor without a million ingredients.
Creamy goat cheese is rich on its own and feels even fancier when you add red wine to the mix. Plus, the wine gives the risotto a slightly pink tint, which is just a fun bonus. Best of all, it only takes about half an hour to make.
This Paleo dinner looks a little bit like a Christmas wreath thanks to cranberries and rosemary, but you can definitely cook it year round. Just pour the white wine marinade over chicken thighs and let the oven do its thing.
Pappardelle noodles are majorly underrated, but this pasta dish gives them some time to shine. Add a leftover red, like merlot or cabernet sauvignon, to beef, garlic, and veggies, and let it simmer till the sauce thickens.
Swap your usual marinade for this white wine, oil and vinegar, and lemon juice mix. It’s got Italian herbs like parsley, rosemary, and oregano too, and tastes best when you give the chicken a few hours to sit, so try and plan ahead for this one.
Is this not the most ingenious use of wine you’ve ever seen?! It needs to be summer so we can eat these bad boys every dang day. They’re made with red wine, simple syrup, strawberries, and balsamic vinegar. Dip them in dark chocolate before freezing for extra sweetness.
Stews don’t sound like the most exciting dish in the world, so you might as well spice one up with your extra merlot or pinot noir. This hearty stew is filled with veggies, beef, and garlic, and can be made on the stove or in a slow cooker.