Friday, September 25, 2009

Gastronomy: Tomato Basil Vodka Cream Sauce

My sister called me last week to borrow my Tomato Basil Vodka Cream Sauce recipe. I hadn't made this dish in a while and it wasn't until she called that I remembered how very much I love it. Autumn is the perfect time to make this dish: The basil is still growing, but the days are getting shorter and chillier. Although this sauce is incredibly easy to make, it's also richly satisfying and a wonderful way to ring in those crisp, fall evenings. Enjoy with a glass of Chianti, a garden salad, and your family!

Tomato Basil Vodka Cream Sauce

Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 handfuls of fresh basil, chopped
1 T dry oregano
5 16 oz cans tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
2 c parmesan cheese, grated
1 ½ c whipping cream
5 shots vodka
1 lb gnocchi or specialty pasta


In a large pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic; sauté until garlic is light tan, approximately 1-2 minutes. Stir in basil, oregano, tomato sauce. Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat 1 hour. Add 1 cup parmesan, cook 1 hour. Add vodka and cream, cook low 45 minutes.

For a simple tomato basil sauce, substitute vodka and cream with ½ cup wine. Add 1 ½ tablespoons crushed red pepper for an arrabiata.

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2 comments:

Anonymous September 28, 2009 at 2:54 PM  

I had this once or twice thanks to Sarah. I cannot WAIT to try this recipe myself!

Anonymous September 28, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

I've had it at her home, too! It's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. My kids LOVE it! Maybe I'll make it tonight. One shot of vodka for the recipe, one shot of vodka for me. One shot of vodka for the recipe, one shot of vodka for me....

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