In which I share a quick little treat for a Tuesday…

One of my most favorite things in all the world is pasta with vodka sauce, and now I am going to share it with you, so it can be one of your favorite things as well…

oh my heavens...

oh my heavens...

Pasta with Vodka Sauce (should serve 4, but doesn’t really)

2 tbl butter

1 large clove of garlic (more if you are a garlic fan) crushed with a large knife and kosher salt to make a paste

pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1 cup crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup vodka

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 – 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan (at least 1/4 add more to taste)

Salt and pepper to taste

Traditionally, vodka sauce is served with penne, but I really like linguine, so I use that.

Bring water to a boil in a large pot, add the pasta and cook until al dente and drain. While the pasta is cooking, in a small saucepan, melt the butter, garlic and red pepper over low heat. When butter is melted, add tomatoes and increase heat to medium high. When the tomatoes start to bubble, add the vodka and cook until the sauce thickens – you should be able to drag a spoon across the bottom of the pan and not have the gap fill in again. At this point, turn the heat down to low and add the heavy cream. Cook for two to three minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce comes together and reduces a little bit. Turn the heat off, and stir in the parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Toss with the pasta and enjoy this comforting, filling, delectable treat. Perfect for days when you go running and then only eat cereal and salad during the day.

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