Healthy White Wine Sauce

A few simple ingredients like dry white wine, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice make this easy white wine sauce both healthy, vegan, and on your plate in five minutes.  Just don’t drink all of the main ingredient while you are at it 😉

I’ve always been a big pasta fan, especially with homemade sauce. What I love about this easy white wine sauce is that it doesn’t make it too heavy, and it really brings a refreshing flavor to the dish.  You can also use any pasta you want! I’ve made this with chickpea pasta, whole wheat noodles, regular pasta, and even black bean noodles.

If you want some other good pasta ideas, check out my pantry-friendly butternut squash pasta sauce, my healthy turkey bolognese, and my cauliflower alfredo sauce!

healthy white wine sauce on pasta

Ingredients for Easy White Wine Sauce:

  • White wine – For this recipe, you want a crisp, dry wine such as sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, or pinot grigio.
  • Olive oil – Be sure to use a high quality olive oil for the best flavor. I like O Olive Oil and California Olive Ranch.
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic adds the bulk of the flavor here and really makes this sauce stand out so don’t substitute for garlic powder or pre-minced garlic.
  • Lemon juice – The acidity of the lemon balances out the other flavors to really make this sauce well-rounded and pleasing to the palate.
  • Herbs/spices- I recommend a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat and a sprinkle of fresh parsley for color. Be sure to salt to taste.

What’s the Best Wine for White Wine Sauce?

The best wine to use for a white wine sauce is one that you would also enjoy drinking. When cooking with wine, it’s best to use a wine that you like the taste of, as its flavors will be pronounced in the sauce. Be sure to use a dry white wine, as you don’t want your pasta to taste sweet. Some commonly used varieties for white wine sauce include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. You can also experiment with other types of white wine to find one that complements your sauce’s other ingredients. Just keep in mind that cooking with wine can amplify its flavors, so it’s best to use a wine that’s not too overpowering.

Is White Wine Sauce Alcoholic?

Yes, white wine sauce typically contains alcohol. The wine is reduced and simmered with other ingredients to create a sauce, but the alcohol content does not completely evaporate and is still present in the sauce.

What’s The Best Pasta to Serve with White Wine Sauce?

A light pasta with delicate flavor and texture, such as angel hair or linguine, pairs well with this white wine sauce. These types of pasta do not overpower the sauce and allow its flavor to shine. Feel free to use whole wheat pasta, gluten free pasta, or chickpea pasta. Any type of pasta is delicious with this sauce.

Tips for the Perfect White Wine Sauce!

  • If you are trying to make your sauce go further, add more wine, or maybe even some veggie broth, not oil.  I tried this a few different ways and any more oil than what I put below really just made it too olive oil-y tasting.
  • Make sure you let it simmer for a while!  This not only helps reduce the sauce, making it a little thicker for you, it cooks off the alcohol of the wine.
  • Use a dry white wine for this, no rieslings or moscato.  I recommend a sauvignon blanc or a pinot grigio. 

And that is really it! If you have a question I didn’t answer don’t hesitate to reach out – I’d love to help!  You can do so by leaving a comment below or shooting me a DM over on Instagram.

In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:

  • a medium sized sauce pan
  • something to mix with
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white wine sauce

Healthy White Wine Sauce


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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: ~3/4 cup
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Vegan, Gluten Free

A few simple ingredients like dry white wine, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice make this easy white wine sauce both healthy, vegan, and on your plate in five minutes.  This makes enough sauce for about 6oz of your favorite pasta.


Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Optional: fresh parsley and red pepper flakes to taste

Instructions

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your saucepan and heat over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the garlic and cook, frequently stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the wine, and bring it to a simmer for about 10 minutes to reduce it.
  4. Turn down the heat to medium-low, add the remaining oil, lemon juice, and salt.
  5. Add the pasta to the saucepan and stir until the pasta is evenly coated.
  6. Optional: add fresh chopped parsley and red pepper flakes when tossing into pasta.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

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81 Comments

  1. Finally a garlicky white wine sauce with no cream. Thank you. Making this tonight to go with crab stuffed shrimp. 🙂

  2. So easy to make and so tasty – Served mine with white fish and it was perfect!!! My boyfriend is already asking me when we’re going to have it again 🙂 10/10 recommend! Thanks for the recipe!!!






  3. Recently made this recipe, and we really loved it. This white wine sauce really elevates our chicken and pasta! Will be making this again!






  4. This sauce is soooo creamy! I loved it over linguine and will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the recipe!






  5. This is the best vegan white wine sauce I’ve ever tasted! It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and the texture is just right. I can’t wait to make it again.






  6. This sauce is SO good! I used it on a pasta with some smoked salmon and plenty of fresh lemon juice. It was absolutely divine and so simple to whip up.






  7. I had this with gluten free spaghetti and simple pan-fried fish and it did not disappoint! A true hit.






  8. This sauce is so good with chicken and pasta! Love that it’s healthier too.






  9. I am lactose intolerant and red sauce aggravates my heartburn so I am always looking for a delicious sauce that doesn’t cause any flare ups. This was so delicious and I even felt a little fancy. Your instructions made it so easy! Thanks for a great recipe!






  10. I made this sauce with pasta on the weekend for an early Valentine meal and it was wonderful! I loved that it was so easy to make and flavourful!






  11. Really loved this healthier version and the fact that it doesn’t have cream in it! Makes for a delicious and simple pasta dinner.






  12. This was so good! I had it over sauteed mushrooms and pasta. I’ll definitely be making it again!






  13. Simple ingredients and easy to make, this fabulous white wine sauce is perfect on a busy weeknight.






  14. Irena Macri

    Okay, I was a little sceptical at first as I am used to a white wine sauce being creamy BUT I really liked this version. It is especially nice on pasta and also grilled fish. Another dish I think would work well is pouring it over roasted vegetables, will have to try it next time.






  15. This is right up my alley, I love having some white wine with dinner, why not make a sauce out of it? Thank you for sharing!






  16. Made this and poured it over grilled chicken, pasta, and broccoli. Incredible!






  17. We loved this white wine sauce over pasta with a side salad so good! Thanks!!






  18. Gave this recipe a try last night on linguine pasta and it was delicious! Will make it again soon!






  19. Served this sauce over linguini and it was fabulous. Super easy to prepare too.






  20. I love that this sauce is vegan as I was able to make it for a friend, who is vegan! It tasted so good and was equally easy to make. Thank you!!






  21. This white wine sauce pairs perfectly with chicken! So much flavor but so easy to make!






  22. Love how simple this recipe is – always looking for ways to use up that last bit of wine at home 🙂






  23. I have never tried it but it looks easy and delicious.
    I’ll be saving this for my reference.






  24. Wow! Such a great sauce for our favorite pasta dish! It’s a healthy sauce that is vegan and gluten-free! which will definitely give this a boost to many! Loved it!






  25. You had me at white wine LOL. Every kitchen needs this recipe. It’s easy, delicious, and definitely a go-to for so many things. Thanks for sharing 🙂






  26. This was so simple to make and was really really enjoyed.






  27. I love how quick this was to make, it was delicious with our linguine. A bonus that it was healthy too, thanks for sharing.






  28. Love how light and exquisite this wine is! Made for a fine dining exp at home!

  29. Oh wow! Such an easy and refreshing sauce. Love all those flavors. Definitely perfect for pairing with pasta.






  30. I made this sauce with pasta last night and it was wonderful! So easy to make and flavorful too!






  31. This east white wine sauce is the perfect example of simple is better. It adds rich texture to any pasta.






  32. Very easy to make and tasty recipe! Thanks for sharing!






  33. This was delicious! I served it over pasta, just like in your pictures, and everyone loved it.






  34. Carrie Robinson

    I just love how simple this pasta sauce recipe is! Sounds delicious. 🙂






  35. I made it with haddock and steamed broccoli the sauce was so good






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