Looking for a perfect idea for Valentine's Day Dinner? Well, here you are. I made this for Craig, and he loved it, and he's pretty picky! Recently I asked him for some dinner ideas, you know something we haven't had in a while, and this recipe came first t his mind! I know something was good, when Craig asks for it again!
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic , minced
2 shallots , minced
1 cup vodka
1 cup chicken stock
1 can crushed tomatoes (32 ounces)
Coarse salt and pepper
16 ounces pasta , such as penne rigate
1/2 cup heavy cream
20 leaves fresh basil , shredded or torn
Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic and shallots. Gently sauté shallots for 3 to 5 minutes to develop their sweetness. Add vodka to the pan (3 turns around the pan in a steady stream will equal about 1 cup). Reduce vodka by half, this will take 2 or 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
While sauce simmers, cook pasta in salted boiling water until cooked to al dente (with a bite to it). While pasta cooks, prepare your salad or other side dishes.
Stir cream into sauce. When sauce returns to a bubble, remove it from heat. Drain pasta. Toss hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Pass pasta with crusty bread.