50 Pastas – Vodka Sauce Pasta in VODKA Sauce…need I say more?! Well if you insist, I will elaborate… Imagine a sauce, a rich, creamy sauce spiked with a little “somethin’- somethin’” to crank any dinner party into high gear…this is THAT SAUCE! The taste is soulful… smooth, like your favorite song just came on the radio during the “Friday Free For All” hour where ANYTHING can happen…and it’s about to get a little rowdy up in here! So get ready to get down with this saucy dish…special equipment includes- a glass of wine, a boombox, and a CD loaded with the music that gets you groovin’…cuz we’re gonna turn it up to 11… This sauce is akin to my Marinara sauce, which is awesome! Think of it as a base that we’re about to jack up with some cream and vodka…this is how we do! In a large skillet over medium heat, cook garlic slices in olive oil until golden brown. Sprinkle the toasted garlic with red pepper flakes to your liking. This will add a nice kick of heat to the infused oil which will penetrate the sauce as we add ingredients. Stir in some vodka and hear your pan come alive. The party has arrived and it’s ready to get down with some crushed tomatoes! “Er’body in the pan get tipsy!” Now the beat is about to drop as we bring this party home with some crushed tomatoes and a little basil for some… FLAVAH! Stir in some cream to smooth things out and simmer this mix for a couple of rounds! When the mood feels right, toss in some cooked penne or spaghetti and let the good vibes flow through this dish you’ve created you CRAZY DJ of FOOD! Phew…what a rush?! Time to take things “Nice n’ easy” and enjoy the fruits of our labor…Cheers to you! By the way…I’m always looking to expand my kitchen play list….what’s your favorite song that gets you grooving? Let me know in the comments below!
- 6 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (28 oz) can whole tomatoes (crushed by hand)
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup cream
- ¼ cup Vodka
- Red Pepper flakes
- ½ cup chopped basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
- Cook the garlic slices in some olive oil over medium heat until golden brown. Sprinkle the garlic with red pepper flakes to taste. Add in the vodka and allow to simmer with garlic for about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, water and cream and allow the mixture to come to a simmer. If using dried basil, stir in now and allow the sauce to simmer for 15 minutes. If using fresh basil, stir in after the sauce has simmered for 15 minutes. Toss in some cooked penne or spaghetti and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Indulge!