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Friday, July 22, 2011

friday food post : vodka cream pasta

(by Rachael Ray from The Best Burger in America Discovered!)

1 Tbsp. ExtraVirginOliveOil (once around the pan in a slow stream)
1 Tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 c. vodka
1 c. chicken stock
1 can (32 oz) crushed tomatoes
coarse salt and pepper
16 oz. pasta, such as penne rigate
1/2 c. heavy cream
20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn
serve with: crusty bread, for passing
heat a large skillet over moderate heat. 

add oil, butter, garlic, and shallots. 

gently saute shallots for 3-5 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 the vodka by half, this will take about 2-3 minutes. 

add chicken stock and tomatoes.  bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer.  season with salt and pepper.
this was my attempt of taking a picture of the aroma!  it smells AMAZING!!!!!

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 and/or other side dishes. 
 little hands make light work, right?!
p.s. notice jones' recent school letter-work in the front.
 (tearing up the basil leaves)
(with a cute little on-looker wishing he could help!)

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.

(or chicken)
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 

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