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White Wine Sauce for Pasta – Perfect for Seafood and Chicken Pasta Dishes

Easy white wine sauce for pasta - perfect for adding chicken or seafood
I can’t resist lightening up our meals once it warms up outside. While pasta is a staple in our house, my sauces change seasonally. This simple white wine sauce is a favorite base for shrimp, scallops, chicken, mushrooms, veggies and other summer favorites. It’s also fast and easy to prepare, making it a great weeknight dinner. For the girls, this is an upgrade from the coveted buttered noodles. It’s full of flavor, but light on calories so I can get my pasta fix without the guilt.
Easy white wine sauce for pasta - perfect for adding chicken or seafood
You can watch the video above to see how quick and easy my white wine sauce is to make. As much as I enjoy cooking, I prefer to spend my time soaking up a little sunshine and fresh air while watching the girls play than making dinner.
If you don’t drink white wine and therefore don’t want to purchase a bottle to make this dish, I have found that white cooking wine {found in the salad dressing/vinegar area of your grocery store} works equally as well. However, I like to give myself an excuse to have a glass or two, so I almost always use a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.

How to make white wine sauce {that goes with everything!}

White Wine Sauce

Prep Time Cook Time 7 mins Total Time 7 mins
Yields 4


  • 1 lb pasta {I make mine fresh, but refrigerated noodles are the next best option}
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper {fresh ground}
  • 1/2 c white wine
  • 1/2 c parsley for garnishing
  • 1/2 c fresh grated parmesan


  1. In large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium. Add garlic, red pepper and sauté until golden {about a minute}.
  2. Add salt, pepper, wine and butter.
  3. Stir 2 minutes, remove from heat and toss with pasta.
  4. Garnish with parsley and generously add fresh parmesan.
4.6 rating
28 reviews
Easy white wine pasta sauce for pasta - perfect for adding chicken or seafood
You’ll also love my lemon basil pasta, another light and easy dish that’s just as pretty as it is delicious. You can find my complete recipe index here!
PS you can find my favorite wine glasses here – you won’t believe how inexpensive they are!


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14 comments on “White Wine Sauce for Pasta – Perfect for Seafood and Chicken Pasta Dishes”

  1. You can’t go wrong with this sauce! Love!

  2. Sound absolutely delicious, Julie! Pinning to try soon.

  3. Delicious! I made the sauce and then poured over chicken breasts in crock pot. Cooked for 4 hours. After taking chicken from pot I stirred in the Parmesan cheese. Added 3/4 cup of water and salt because of broth that had cooked from chicken. Great addition to recipe box!

  4. Can I use an onion instead of red pepper?

  5. I used your recipe for my first attempt of cooking with wine. I added red onion when cooking the garlic. Also, tossed in some capers and sun dried tomatoes with the pasta! Sooo good? Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  6. What is best wine type to use with this recipe?

  7. I tried for the first time as I am just learning to cook with wine. Wow easy peasy and so delish!

  8. Would lemon juice and white cooking wine be okay to use in it? I want to make thdon’t sauce with penne pasta, chicken, and broccoli,

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