Rotini ala Vodka
Mmmmm. This is has been a favorite dish of kev’s for a long time. My mom makes a killer Rigatoni ala Vodka. Kev hopes we have it every time we go over there. I usually never make it myself though. My mom gave me her recipe and I have made it once before but of course it didn’t taste the same because my mom wasn’t making it. Anyways, for our special LOST night I decided to try a different recipe for it so then we weren’t disappointed that it just didn’t taste like my moms. This one was pretty darn good. It had a little bit of a kick to it with the red pepper flakes which I liked a lot. I toped it off with some fresh Parmesan and some garlic bread.
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup vodka
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 box Whole Wheat pasta (really doesn’t matter what shape)
1/2 cup heavy cream
5 basil leaves, rolled together and chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
fresh cracked pepper and salt
1. Heat 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil. Add onions, garlic and crushed red pepper cook until onions are translucent about 5 minutes. Pour in vodka. Cook 3 minutes. Pour in tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Set aside.
3. After sauce has simmered for 20 minutes, whisk 1 tablespoon of sauce into cream to temper it. Slowly stir tempered cream into the tomato sauce. Add cooked pasta to the sauce. Stir to combine.
4.Stir in basil and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
Serve with plenty of grated Parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers.
The garlic bread is made by spreading butter (earth balance) on bread, add some garlic salt, top with grated Parmesan cheese, and parsley flakes and broil for a few mins until golden brown.