Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fast Track to His Heart

The fastest way to a man’s heart is through the stomach – or so they say. I am sure that by this time, your man already knows whether or not you can cook. And whether or not you CAN cook, it's nice to be able to impress him with a dinner that evokes some “oohs”, “aahhs”, and “mmms”. For a meal that is sure to impress, check out Rachael Ray’s recipe, “You won’t be single for long Vodka Cream Pasta”. It’s quick and easy, so you can put it together after a long day, and it’s sure to get the reaction that you are looking for! Give it a try!
You Won't Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
This recipe will make enough for 2 couples. If you plan a romantic evening where more than two's a crowd, reserve half the sauce to freeze for another supper before the addition of basil, and only cook 1/2 to 2/3 pound of penne.


Prep Time: 5 min, Cook Time: 20 min
Level: Easy 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 saute 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.

Printed from FoodNetwork.com on Thu Apr 30 2009

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