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Tannat and Pasta-A Surprising Combination

In last month's post, we told you all about the book Godforsaken Grapes: A Slightly Tipsy Journey Through the World of Strange, Obscure and Underappreciated Wine by Jason Wilson (the link will take you to Amazon to purchase the book, through which I will make a small commission!)  The book review can be found on this page. We are continuing our journey by introducing you to other uncommon grape varietals found in the book. I'm going to talk about Tannat.


I purchased this bottle of Tannat from Total Wines near where I live.  The wine is from Southwest France, and fully features the Tannat grape through black fruit aromas and a slightly floral hint. It explodes in the mouth with big tannins, which I normally dislike, but the herbs on the end of the taste really resonated with me.  Tannat was named for the big tannins found in this wine.  Typically, you'd serve this wine with a big steak or bolognese sauce.  But not me. Nope, I put it with this seafood pasta dish, and it was a winner!


The tomatoes and strong seafood held up beautifully with this big wine. The fruit-forward flavors complemented the tomatoes and seafood by adding a bit of depth to the sauce.  Who knew?  I had hoped and it worked out.  This is why we shouldn't be afraid to experiment.

Take a look at the other wine pairings featuring unusual grapes!

Seafood Pasta with Tomato and Onion Sauce

Seafood Pasta with Tomato and Onion Sauce

Yield: 4
Author:
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 25 M
Lovely seafood dish using frozen seafood from Aldi's. Don't be afraid. Go and get you some.

ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c white wine
  • 1 lb linguini
  • 1 pkg frozen seafood mix
  • 1/2 c chicken broth

instructions:

How to cook Seafood Pasta with Tomato and Onion Sauce

  1. Bring 8 c water to boil.
  2. Add pasta and cook al dente.
  3. In the meanwhile, saute onions in butter.
  4. Add white wine, chicken broth, and tomatoes to the onion.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  6. Add seafood and cook just until seafood turns pink. Do not overcook!
  7. Divide pasta among four plates.
  8. Divide sauce between the four plates.
  9. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve.
Calories
360.86
Fat (grams)
13.93
Sat. Fat (grams)
7.73
Carbs (grams)
42.36
Fiber (grams)
4.39
Net carbs
37.97
Sugar (grams)
4.77
Protein (grams)
14.35
Sodium (milligrams)
448.34
Cholesterol (grams)
54.13

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  1. SO glad you're not afraid to experiment. And very glad you joined the party this month. Thanks for sharing, Terri. We love Tannat in our house, too. Now you have me on the hunt!

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  2. Emily6:25 PM

    Great recipe thanks for sharing

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  3. I love that you went outside of the box and found great success. Thanks for sharing your findings.

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  4. Yet another incredible blog post by you. Every time you cook anything with meat or fish, I think of a creative way to alternate that with something plant-based. I tried one of your pasta recipes and it turned out simply outstanding. I am seriously subscribing to your blog.

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    1. Sarah, thank you for the wonderful compliment. I am so glad you are converting to plant based. I hope you subscribed. <3

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  6. I'M NOT EVEN A WINE DRINKER BUT HOW YOU DESCRIBED THIS BOTTLE OF TANNAT MAKES ME WANT TO RUN TO MY NEAREST TOTAL WINE. WISH THEY WERE OPEN ON SUNDAYS MAN. GREAT POST.

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  7. This looks so tempting. I think I should give it a try

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  8. Great pairing the Tannat with the seafood pasta. I'm a big fan of Tannat. I love big wines :-). If you like Tannat, try the ones from Uruguay. They are very famous for it.

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  9. Bold choice! You're so right that we shouldn't be afraid to experiment outside the box. The pasta looks fantastic. Cheers

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  10. The first rule - don't play by the rules - and you get to enjoy better meals. It looks really good.

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  11. Wow! That is an interesting pairing! The dish looks beautiful!

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  12. It's always fun to challenge traditional pairings. I certainly wouldn't assume Tannat and seafood could co-exist!

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  13. This looks amazing, definitely adding this to my list of dishes to try out

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  14. really, this looks like an amazing combo! perfect for a romantic date... <3

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  15. Some of your food photos are amazing. This looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Oh wow what a lovely plate of food for sure. My other half loves seafood too xx

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  17. This looks amazing. I have to cook for my husbands bday later this week, I want to do this!

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  18. that sounds amazing. i love pasta. i will def have to try this. also sounds like a great wine choice.

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  19. Good for you for challenging pairing norms! I've had some beautiful Tannat from Uruguay, but haven't tried one yet from southwestern France. Must do!

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  20. I agree! When we experiment and it turns out great, it's so worth the time and effort to make something new to us.

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  21. I love wine so I think that I want to try the Tannat from Total Wines! Sounds like a great purchase! Nice pasta too!

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  22. Wow, that was a bold experiment! When I saw the title I was figuring you had a meaty pasta sauce. Surprised to see it was a seafood pasta!

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