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Vodka sauce recipe?

Adrienne May 23, 2005 12:35 PM

I'm having a dinner party in 2 weeks and I'm in the process of planning the menu -- there's going to be a 3-pasta course, with fettucine in lemon cream sauce (Nigella's recipe), a gnocchi with pesto (my recipe) and a penne with vodka sauce -- but I don't have a recipe for Vodka sauce.

Any suggestions for sauce and/or things to mix into my pasta, like peas or ham or ... what goes in Vodka sauce?

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    ctmom May 23, 2005 01:51 PM

    here is Rachel Ray's vodka sauce recipe which is really good. Sometimes I add shrimp, chicken or prosciutto. Can you post the fettucine recipe? I couldn't find it online...Thanks!!

    Link: http://www.foodtv.com/food/recipes/re...

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    1. re: ctmom
      Adrienne May 23, 2005 02:03 PM

      My good friend makes this recipe all the time, so I asked her and she wrote it for me off the top of her head:

      1 pound linguine
      2/3 cup heavy cream
      juice of 1 lemon
      2 egg yolks
      grated parmesan

      mix the cream, lemon juice, egg yolks, parmesan (as much as you want), salt, pepper in a bowl. cook the pasta. drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. put the pasta back in the pot and add a little butter.
      add sauce. done. (i usually use the cooking liquid to add to leftovers before i put them in the fridge so it doesn't get dry.)

      1. re: Adrienne
        rudeboy May 24, 2005 06:18 PM

        No vodka?

        1. re: rudeboy
          Adrienne May 25, 2005 01:59 PM

          That was my response to her question about the lemon cream fettucine -- not the vodka sauce recipe!

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      Evan May 23, 2005 02:23 PM

      Vodka sauce typically has onions, tomatoes, heavy cream, vodka and crushed red pepper in it (I don't have the recipe in front of me so I cant give you the measurements). It is also usually garnished with chives. I like to go heavy on the crushed red pepper. I think the spiciness goes well with the sauce. Sliced proscuitto, or even pancetta, mixed in at the end would work really well in it.

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        coll May 24, 2005 03:51 AM

        I always make it with proscuitto, that's traditional.
        I also use tomato paste rather than crushed, for a thicker sauce. People seem to think it's weird, but we like it.

        Here's the recipe my cousin-in-law, the chef, gave me.

        5 oz vodka
        1/2 stick butter
        8 oz heavy cream
        grated cheese to taste
        1/4 lb proscuitto, cut up
        a couple of shallots, diced
        1 small can tomato paste

        Saute shallots and proscuitto in butter.
        Add tomato paste, then vodka, then heavy cream.
        Simmer 5 min.
        Add cheese and red pepper when plating.

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