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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce from Meal Planning Magic and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

Photo Source: Brenda Thompson, Meal Planning Magic. Used with permission.

This Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce recipe with Sausage from Brenda Thompson of Meal Planning Magic is perfect for busy fall nights. Throw it in the slow cooker in the morning, and you’ve got a quick and easy meal come supper time. Add some pasta, a green salad, and one of these wines to finish off the meal.

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe and Wine Pairing

This slow cooked red sauce is made with a combination of sausage, vegetables, herbs, and spices. The tangy tomatoes however are the star, with lots of acidity. The sauce is slow cooked bringing out the stewed flavors making the end result rich and hearty.

Look for red wines that are high in acid, fruity in nature, and have the richness to match the sauce. Chianti (which is made from Sangiovese grapes) is a traditional choice for a tomato-based sauce. But all of the wines below are great choices for this hearty meal.

Malbec: Cupcake Vineyards Malbec ~$10

This wine is fruity, rich, and chocolaty. Dark berries, blackberries, raspberries and plum aromas lead the way, with some chocolate notes and a lush and velvety texture. This wine has the deep fruit notes to work well with the slow cooked sauce.

Merlot: Hogue Genesis Merlot ~$13

Rich black cherry and blueberry fruit aromas fill the glass. On the palate the wine is rich, velvety, and spicy with clove and cinnamon along with some oak and vanilla. The spicy notes will balance well with the aromatics and herbs from the sauce.

Mourvedre: Bodegas Castana Monastrell ~$10

Monastrell (called Mourvedre outside of Spain) is an excellent wine for this sauce because of its solid acidity and fresh fruit aromas. This particular bottle is fresh and fruity with some tannins that hit you at the end and will be softened by the spicy sausage in the sauce. It is also a fantastic value and can often be found under $10.

Barbera: Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d’Asti ~$16

Fruity aromas including lots of plum and black cherry, bright acidity and some intensity in the mouth, make it not only acidic enough to hold up to the sauce, but also rich enough to balance out the slowly cooked flavors found within.

Zinfandel: Michael David 7 Deadly Zins ~$14

For a bigger, full bodied, and hearty pairing, try this Zinfandel. With strong jammy aromatics, spicy notes, and a lush, velvety body, this would be a great wine to open on a cold night to pair with the hearty red sauce. Pure comfort food.


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