Vodka sauce recipe?
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?
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
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.)
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.
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.