tonight i made giada de laurentiis' vodka sauce recipe from her book everyday italian. i call it jim's peppered vodka sauce because my friend, trista gifted me with some of her husband's pepper infused vodka and that's where the peppered jim comes from.
this sauce is delicious. you'd think, because of the cream it would be heavy but it's not! a little goes a long way. the vodka give it a nice heat and depth of flavor. with penne pasta it was perfection. for me. ken had ragu. bet you mine was better.
3 cups marinara sauce
1 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
simmer the tomato sauce and vodka in a heavy large skillet over low heat until the mixture reduces by 1/4, stirring often, about 20 minutes. stir the cream into the tomato and vodka sauce. simmer over low heat until the sauce is heated through. stir in the parmesan cheese until melted and well blended.
meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. drain the pasta and transfer it to the pan with the sauce, and toss to coat.
and because it's thursday:
picture by joni
it's grizz, waiting for his supper!