How to Pair Wine with Pasta: A Cheat Sheet

Pasta fettuccine with beef ragout sauce in black bowl. Grey background. Close up. Top view.

Few pairings are as timeless as wine with pasta. But while traditional red sauce spaghetti and wicker-basket Chianti may always have a place in our hearts, Italian pasta dishes cover a wide range of styles with sauces that complement a variety of wines.

If you’re shaking up your weeknight dinner with a penne arrabbiata, carbonara or a cacio e pepe, we’ve got a cheat sheet of the best Italian wines to pair them with, from Sangiovese to Lambrusco and beyond.

List of pasta dishes with illustrations and wine recommendations
Illustration by Eric DeFrietas

Pasta Sauce

Marinana

Vodka Sauce

Alfredo

Peta Genovese

Carbonara

Bolognese

Cacio e Pepe

Arrabbiata

Aglio e Olio

Puttanesca

Published on December 16, 2021
Topics: Pairing Tips