Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Favorite Pasta


Tonight we had Rachel Ray's You Won't Be Single for Long, Vodka Cream Pasta. This is a pasta recipe that I crave periodically. The recipe was started by sauteing minced shallots and garlic in a combination of olive oil and butter until softened. A generous amount of vodka went in to the pan and was reduced by half. Some chicken stock was then added along with a can of crushed tomatoes and brought to a boil, and then simmered.

While the sauce simmered, the penne rigate went into a pot of boiling, salted water for the requisite time.

While the pasta cooked, a nice salad of romaine, fresh plum tomatoes and sliced cucumber was pulled together.

Once the pasta was cooked al dente, some heavy cream was added to the simmering sauce and allowed to come back to the simmer before the cooked pasta was added and allowed to warm through with the sauce. The pasta got a nice sprinkle of fresh basil and was topped with cheese on the plate. We grilled some shrimp to add some protein to the pasta dish.

The salad was dressed with our Best Salad Dressing in the World.

Gerry and I agree:

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