Penne in Vodka Cream Sauce
I have a confession to make.
Her “You Won’t Be Single for Long Vodka Cream Pasta” to be exact.
Yeah, I know….why does she have to call it that? It’s so annoying! Supposedly, a fan wrote to her saying that a second helping of this recipe is what prompted her boyfriend to propose…hmmm….good job Rach! Anyways, I digress. It was Sunday night, I had a splitting headache (darn allergies) and I needed nourishment. I was also cooking dinner for Mom and Dad and well, let me put it to you this way, several years ago we a hit a fork in the road of culinary tastes and we went our separate ways. BUT, they’ve eaten this dish before so I knew they definitely liked it. Also, it’s just really easy to make.
A good dinner was had by all, as was evidenced by the fact that my parents started eating without me!
So here it is. Courtesy of Oprah’s website, word for word!
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
Crusty bread, for passing
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.
P.S. If I was ever fated to meet Anthony Bourdain this probably killed any chance I ever had……sigh.