You Won't Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 garlic cloces minced
- 2 shallots minced
- 1 cup vodka
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 can crushed tomatoes - (32 oz)
- Coarse salt to taste
- Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
- 16 ounces pasta, such as penne rigate
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 20 fresh basil leaves shredded or torn
- Crusty bread for passing
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 and 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.
This recipe yields 4 servings.