Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Vodka Cream Pasta

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!

Vodka Cream Pasta
    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.

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