Here’s some simple cooking logic that will take you far in life: pasta cooks in liquid, wine is a liquid, therefore pasta can cook in wine. This is definitely not the time to break out that fancy, expensive bottle you’ve been carefully aging for years. Instead, dispense some wine out of the box right into the pot, or buy one of those cheapo magnums. This just may be the only exception to only cooking with what you’d drink. Use our Best Basic Tomato Sauce, or high-quality sauce from a jar, like Batali’s. 

Mario Batali recommends that instead of discarding the winy cooking liquid, remove the pasta with a spider or pasta fork and later reduce the liquid to 2 cups. Use it for making succulent stock-based sauces whenever a wine reduction is called for.