Monday, December 19, 2011

Milking Maids = Cream Sauce

Here's one of our favorite recipes: Vodka Cream Sauce. Stephen always makes this for me for special occasions, and it's become sort of a staple for Valentine's Day and our anniversary.

Vodka Cream Sauce

1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 c. vodka
1 c. chicken stock
1 can crushed tomatoes (32 ounces)
salt and pepper
16 ounces pasta
1/2 c. heavy cream
20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn
crusty bread

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil, butter, garlic, and shallots. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes. Add vodka. Reduce by half (2-3 minutes). Add chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer. Season with salt and pepper.

While sauce simmers, cook pasta.

Stir heavy cream into sauce. When sauce returns to a bubble, remove from heat. Toss hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Serve!

Mince shallots! Be sure to wear protective
eye gear. 

Saute shallots, and garlic in butter and olive oil. 

After adding the vodka, tomatoes, and chicken stock and
simmering that, add the heavy cream. 

It turns a pretty coral color. 

And tastes so yummy. 

Pasta  -  we ran out of basil, but it was still delicious. 

This was like my third helping of the evening. 

We definitely recommend this recipe; it's simple and delicious!

Stephen, Vanessa, and Anya

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