Comfort Food for a Rainy Weekend: Pasta in Vodka Cream Sauce

Lisa (center) cooking with friends

I just cam across some recipes from a recent recipe exchange and this one jumped out at me because the weather this weekend calls for comfort food.  From Lisa Stennes-Laikind:

So I was told I can do this off the top of my head, so I hope you can make sense of this. This is a family favorite, comfort food I can always put together in a pinch!
1 tbs olive oil or butter
1 Large shallot
Red pepper flakes
¼ c vodka
4 oz or so of chopped prosciutto or pancetta
1 pint of heavy creme

8 oz tomato sauce
Few leaves of fresh basil
Shaved parmesan
Favorite pasta, we prefer linguine.
Heat water and start to prepare your pasta of choice.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add shallots, sauté a bit then rub a ½ tsp or so of red pepper flakes in your palm and drop in, pour in vodka and ignite. When flames subside, stir in the prosciutto or pancetta and stir a bit and before it crisps, add in cream. Let simmer for a bit until thickened and reduced, then add in the tomato sauce. Let simmer a little bit more.
When pasta done, drain and either top with sauce or mix together.  Top with fresh chiffonade of basil leaves and freshly grated parmesan to serve.
Total prep/cook time about 15 minutes.
Serve with a fresh green salad – happy family.
Lisa Stennes-Laikind

2011-02-25T12:31:54+00:00 February 25th, 2011|Recipes|