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As a reward for completing my first week of 5K training - I made myself one of my favorite pasta dishes… Pasta alla Vodka!
I used this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. It was so simple to make, I went from chopping garlic and onion to enjoying a bowl of it on my couch within less than 20 minutes!
The flavor of the sauce was pretty remeniscent of some of the best sauces from my favorite Italian restaurants in Chicago. It was a little bit acidic because the only thing to tone down the tomato + vodka was the cream. In the future I might add in a teaspoon of sugar to take the tang of the sauce down a notch.
Using tomato puree is the key here, as Ree suggests. It makes the sauce heartier. I would suggest adding some tomato paste if you use canned tomato sauce in place of the puree. I also went for the full cup of vodka because it was the perfect amount to finish off the bottle that has been in my freezer. Since I’m a sucker for spicy, I added (a lot) more than just a pinch of red pepper flakes.
I used whole grain linguine, which made me feel a little less guilty about stuffing my face with this comforting pasta. AND I ended up freezing the leftovers because I was afraid I’d lose my self-discipline with this deliciousness hanging out in my fridge tempting me.
This is a great sauce, I highly recommend this recipe if you’re in the mood for a creamy, hearty, quick sauce for your pasta. If you’ve never had vodka sauce before, try this one night and see what you’ve been missing! :)