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Pair your wine: Spaghetti with mackerel, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and raisins

Every wine has its story, a journey that starts from the grape and ends in your glass.

What brought me to start Viticolo is the mission to share these great stories with you, uncovering the passion and authenticity of Italian winemaking.

To live the full Italian experience and terroir though, the best Italian wines can be paired with authentic Italian food. In this post, we propose you a unique recipe: spaghetti with mackerel, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and raisins, created by friend and food blogger Alice, founder of Salvia & Rosmarino.

Read until the end to find the perfect wine match for this unique dish.


For 2 people:

  • 180 g of big spaghetti
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon of soaked raisins
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted pine nuts
  • 2 fillets of mackerel
  • Chili pepper
  • Fresh marjoram
  • Salt

Cooking method

Cut the tomatoes into wedges and crush the garlic clove.

Place a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil in a pan, add tomatoes and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the chilli pepper, the soaked raisins and the toasted pine nuts.

Grill the mackerel fillets for a few minutes on both sides, then add them to the pan.

Gently stir for a few minutes. Add the marjoram and salt.

Cook the spaghetti for 8-10 minutes until ‘al dente’, then drain. Remember to save some cooking water.

Now sauté the spaghetti in the pan with the sauce, adding a couple of tablespoons of cooking water.

Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and fresh marjoram leaves.

Try this...

To enjoy a great Italian meal, it’s important to enhance the food with good wine.

To accompany this tasty pasta dish, I recommend to uncork a bottle of Priscus from Podere Casaccia, a wonderful red wine made from old clones of Sangiovese grapes, harvested from the best plants in Tuscany.


If you want to get your own bottle of Priscus to boost your meals, head over here.



Stay tuned for more Italian recipes paired with great Italian wines.


Enjoy your meal!


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