Vodka Cream Pasta
Courtesy of Rachael Ray
 It's Rachael Ray's most romantic dish!
Servings: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil , once around the pan in a slow stream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 shallots , minced
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (32 ounces)
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 16 ounces pasta , such as penne rigate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 20 leaves fresh basil , shredded or torn
  • Crusty bread , for passing
Directions
Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic and shallots. Gently sauté 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, 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.

* For more information about Rachael Ray, visit www.rachaelrayshow.com.
FROM: The Best Burger in America Discovered!
Published on January 01, 2006

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