Friday, July 11, 2014

Vodka Cream Sauce

This is Rachel Ray's Vodka Sauce recipe, she calls it You Won't Be Single For Long Vodka Sauce.  I got one of her 30 minute meal cookbooks for Christmas one year and became obsessed with this one recipe.  I don't think I even made another recipe out of it.  I used to make this a ton when Gray and I were dating and just married.  Then for some reason it got lost in the shuffle.  I thought of it the other day and just had to make it right away.

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 shallots (minced)
1 cup vodka
1 cup chicken stock
1 32 oz can crushed tomatoes
16 oz penne pasta
1/2 cup heavy cream
20 leaves fresh basil
salt and pepper

In a large skillet heat the oil and butter over medium heat.  Add the shallots and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute for another minute.  Add the vodka to the pan and cook until it has reduced in half.  Pour in the chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and season with salt and pepper.  Boil the pasta and let the sauce continue cooking.  Drain the pasta and set to the side.  Stir the cream into the sauce and bring back to a bubble then remove from heat.  Pour over the pasta and stir in the torn basil leaves.  Serve. 

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