Oh you guys are in for a treat!! It has been ages since I made this yummy dish, and it’s so comforting and elegant, and yet EASY!! Rachel Ray coined it her, “You won’t be Single for Long Penne Vodka” and boy was she right on the money! I made it for Joe back in 2008 and by 2009, we were engaged. 12 years later I’m still making it! You can dress it up by adding shrimp, but honestly I love it just the way it is. I made it for a date night in last Saturday night and it did not disappoint. Don’t skip the crusty bread!!
You will need:
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 box of penne pasta
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of chicken stock
1 cup of vodka
(it also calls for garlic, but I don’t add)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
Sauté your shallots in butter and oil.
Add your vodka and reduce. Add chicken broth and crushed tomatoes. Simmer.
Boil your pasta while it simmers and warm your crusty bread!! Also, stir in your cream right before it’s time to add the pasta. Stir in fresh basil.
If you can, let it sit for a bit so that the pasta can absorb the delicious sauce.
Even if you’re already taken, or have no desire to be wifed up, you should still make this comforting meal! It is a great meal to make ahead of time and keep warm if you’ve got guests coming over too. Add a side salad, grab some red vino and enjoy!
Original Recipe here.
Let me know if you try it!
We’ve had a bit of a heat spell here this last week, so not much Fall cooking or baking took place. That’s ok! We had some cooler weather a little bit ago and looking at the forecast, we’ll have some coming up as well. I absolutely love it when the weather does drop, to spend hours upon hours in the kitchen. I find it so therapeutic to cook and bake for my beautiful little family. Food is a major love language of mine! When the cool temps come, bring on the warm and cozy comfort foods!
All time favorite Fall comfort (read, not healthy) food? Mac & Cheese. I am obsessed with the best ever, and I mean EVER mac and cheese: Over the Rainbow Mac & Cheese by Patti LaBelle. It was a chilly Sunday a few weeks back, so hubby smoked some babyback ribs and slathered them in BBQ and while I didn’t have all 7 cheeses (yes, you read that correctly!) I did have cheddar & velveeta so I made do…plus I had half and half and wow. Kids didn’t like it; I’m wondering who’s children they are??? But Joe and I really enjoyed!
Who doesn’t love chili on a cold day? If you’re looking for a healthy and filling meal, check this one out! Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Quinoa Chili. It made a TON so I froze some for later. I will admit, I was the only one who ate it. Joe can’t do all that fiber and the kids didn’t like the flavor.
Pizza Pasta Bake They loved that it looked and tasted like a pizza! It was a nice way to use up some pasta and cheese.
And an oldie but goodie, 2 (or 3) ingredient muffins~
1 box of spice cake
1 can of pumpkin
Stir pumpkin & boxed cake in a bowl, spoon into muffin tin. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes. I top with chocolate chips because why not?!