Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pasta from party

Sadly I do not have image for this , as it was for a fun party with my fellow graphic students . However it did receive thumbs up all around so I'm going to at least share the recipe for you to try. Its adapted from Rachael ray. I always like adding my own things into the pot.

Vodka Cream Pasta

This makes a good amount for two people plan wisely
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, once around the pan in a slow stream
  • 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
  • Parm Cheese, shaker

Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic, and shallots. Gently saute 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 as well as cheese. Let it sit for a bit, as it might seem to be runny, it will thicken up I promise ! Pass pasta with crusty bread.

I have to make sure to make this again and take a picture.

Maybe I'll just take a picture of the book ....

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