Thursday, April 19, 2012

Penne with Vodka Sauce

Penne with Vodka Sauce
This is my second attempt to make a vodka sauce.  The first time was a few years ago and I thought I would kick it up a notch by using Absolut Peppar Vodka... well, let's just say that ended up in the circular file (way too strong and peppery!) and I have been timid ever since.

So now fast forward to 2012 and I found a recipe in the Food Network magazine.  I was pretty sure I had vodka in the house, and I did, but no cheap stuff - only my last bottle of Shakers (I recently found out this Minnesota made vodka company is out of business... if anyone spots a bottle, let me know).  I debated - do I head over to Mrs. B's with my measuring cup and ask to borrow a half cup of sugar vodka or use what I have.  I decided to go with what I had.

The ingredients

The dish turned out very good!  Just the right amount of flavor - Mr. John really liked it... we have leftovers and I think this will reheat well.
Recipe slightly adapted from the Food Network Magazine

Penne with Vodka Sauce Serves: 4 Calories: na Prep Time to Table: 30 minutes
Recipe : Food Network magazine March 2011

 -1 minced shallot
-2 T butter
-1 clove minced garlic
-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/2 cup vodka
-28 oz canned crush tomatoes
-2/3 cup heavy cream
-1/2 cup romano or parm cheese
-1/4 cup torn basil leaves -12 oz penne pasta

1. Cook penne
2. Sauté shallot in butter about 3 minutes over medium heat; add garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté another 30 seconds
3. Add vodka and tomatoes and some salt; simmer and stir occasionally about 7 minutes
4. Stir in heavy cream and simmer about 3 minutes; stir in grated cheese and basil; toss with cooked penne


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