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Friday
Dec232011

Dinner In a Flash

Pasta is one of my family's favorites.  This flavorful sauce is ready in a flash.  Perfect for a quick dinner, it also makes a great addition to a pasta-themed gift.

Easy Vodka Sauce
1 quart homemade or good-quality store-bought marinara sauce
1 cup vodka 
1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

Simmer the tomato sauce and vodka in a heavy large skillet over low heat until the mixture reduces by 1/4, stirring often, about 15 to 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.

Serve over fresh pasta.  Add sautéd shrimp or chicken, if desired.

Pasta Gift Basket packaged in new red colanderDid You Know:  Vodka is the most popular spirit of Eastern Europe. It is produced by the distillation of fermented substances such as grain, potatoes, molasses, beets, and a variety of other plants.  Most of the best Russian Vodkas are made from wheat. In Poland they are mostly made from a rye mash. Swedish and Baltic distillers are partial to wheat mashes.  End Result? …a broad range of flavor and character.