Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Vodka {for Dinner}

...sauce, that is. Just last night Con & I had a craving for some pasta & vodka sauce. I was too lazy to find a recipe, so we made one up while drinking martinis. And I must say, it was kinda awesome. Super easy as well. Your friends will be impressed, it's that good.

{our huge portions, that we totally finished}
Pasta with Creamy Vodka Sauce
from Piper & Conor
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage {this is already seasoned by the grocer - you can use reg. pork or chicken sausage, but may need to add more seasoning to spice it up a bit!}
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 whole tomatoes, crushed
  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh julienned basil
  • fresh shredded Parmesan
At some point while cooking sauce, boil water & cook pasta - penne is best...can be set aside in strainer {make sure to run water over to prevent over-cooking} until sauce is ready to be served.

Brown sausage over medium/high heat, add onion & garlic and cook until onion starts to brown & soften.
Add crushed tomatoes & cook down for about one martini {10-15 minutes}.
Add vodka & allow to simmer for another cocktail.
Toss in cream, butter, & salt and continue simmering to desired consistency.
Serve sauce over pasta with fresh Parmesan & basil sprinkled on top.

{we served our pasta w/New Age wine, a semi-sparkling, light summery white}
While cooking, Conor & I went out on the balcony, had some cocktails, watched a storm blow in, & caught about 10-15 minutes of "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here."

Needless to say, this is a recipe that can be easily ignored while simmering throughout the various steps. Just don't get things too hot, or you'll have a mess on your hands.

{storm's a brewin' at Mutual of Omaha}
The best part of this recipe? You end up with most of a bottle of vodka that you are totally forced to drink later.


MG said...


Adventures in Newlywed said...

That looks delish! We will be trying this recipe tomorrow night! I've got an entire bottle of Tito's vodka (Texas brand, if you don't have it, order it online somewhere!) just waiting to be used!

Aartee said...

sounds yummy! I'll have to try it minus the meat thought!

Brandon said...


Team Clancy said...

That looks so good. Also, I am glad you admitted to watching "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here". Hubby turned it on and decided he was hooked!

Shawna said...

Just don't do it in screwdriver form! That's bad news!!!

:) Sounded delicious.

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Shawna said...

Just don't do it in screwdriver form! That's bad news!!!

:) Sounded delicious.

If you're interested, check me out at: Shawna's Study Abroad

Gabby said...

Vodka sauce is my fave....as is vodka! Looks delish and easy!

jasmine said...

mmmmmm. that looks tasty! and it sounds like you guys had such a fun time making it!

Pug1 said...

I luv vodka sauce!!! I'lll have to try your recipe!!! CHEERS! Michele

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

oh that sounds and looks soooo yummy!!! what a fun night!

Needs Help said...

Yum Yum! Sounds delicious :)

KK said...

Yum! I need to write that down- sounds delish!

Lacey said...

This looks AMAZING! I think I could eat pasta everyday, so I MUST try your recipe. And it sounds like yall had a lovely time whipping it up...having cocktails outside sounds absolutely perfect!

Jules said...

Pipes, now this sounds like my kind of meal. It looks SO good. I hear you are to light a match to burn off the alcohol....yeah, I'm sure you totally did that.