Saturday, December 10, 2011

Vodka Sauce

This is a super easy and very tasty sauce.  Don't be afraid of the vodka...it is vital to the recipe. Did you know that  vodka reacts to the acid in the tomatoes and creates compounds called esters (I KNOW I sound so stinkin' smart don't I???) Anyway, these esters make the sauce lighter and brighter AND fear not the alcohol cooks out almost completely!
You don't have to buy the super good vodka either, just something drinkable and cheap.
You will definately get in touch with your inner Italian Mama when you have this simmering on the stove.
Your family will be very pleased...Mangia!!
Serve this over a nice penne pasta and top with some parmesan cheese, or some pecorino romano.

Vodka Sauce

1 tbl butter
1 tbl olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
1 1/4 cup vodka
1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz can)
1 can diced tomatoes with fennel and red pepper (14.5 oz)
sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

heat a large skillet...heat butter and oil over medium heat, add garlic cook 1-2 minutes until fragrent but do not brown. pour in vodka. bring mixture to a boil and cook over medium heat until reduced by half. About 4 minutes.  Add tomatoes return to boil.  reduce and simmer about 10 minutes. season to taste with salt and pepper.  remove from heat add cream and basil. stir gently and toss with pasta of your choice.



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