13 Feb A Valentines Day Dinner Recipe – Vodka Cream Pasta Special – You Won’t Be Single For Long
Here’s a wonderful easy dinner to impress your Valentine. Serve with a wonderful salad of mixed greens, hot crusty Italian bread and your favorite wine.
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 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.
Pass pasta with crusty bread.
Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 5 min
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray and foodnetwork.com