Recipes

You Won’t Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta

Recipe submitted by: Aimee Mendoza

Recipe courtesy of: Rachael Ray

Perfect for a date night with another couple! This recipe will impress!
 
cook 5 minutes
cook 20 minutes
cook 4 servings

What's in it

Ingredients

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

How to cook it

Directions

  • 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.