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mollyditty Feb 11, 2009 12:01 PM

Hello! I'll making some pasta with Vodka sauce tonight, and was wondering what people think would go with it?
I would LOVE to get in some greens, but not sure if that would just be an insult to the sauce (it's from a jar....so I'm not too concerned....).
Would Kale stand up to the flavor? is the flavor of the sauce usually on the milder side?
mushrooms?
chicken? sausage? shrimp?
Just hoping to get away from a straight pasta and sauce dish.... add some extra protein and health stuff :)

Thanks in advance!

  1. NellyNel Feb 11, 2009 12:11 PM

    Hi Molly!

    I shall not comment on the fact that you are using a jarred sauce!
    :)

    Anyhow - I would add some chicken (for protein) and peas (for veg) and if you have any - some sundried tomatoes (for taste!)

    Enjoy

    1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 11, 2009 12:58 PM

      mushrooms, peas & pancetta

      OR

      shrimp or scallops, crushed red pepper flakes, mushrooms & sun-dried tomatoes.

      garnish w/fresh parsley

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        todao Feb 11, 2009 01:06 PM

        Endive, spread with a black and green olive and artichoke tapenade

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        CocoaNut Feb 11, 2009 01:04 PM

        I was at an Italian restaurant a few weeks ago and ordered their lobster ravioli in Vodka sauce. To be honest, I couldn't even taste the lobster, but evidently they were of the opinion it paired well.

        1. theferlyone Feb 11, 2009 01:27 PM

          When I make mine, I usually add diced prociutto and onions. I've also done it with mild Italian sausage, and it's pretty good. At restaurants, I've had vodka sauce over a trio or raviolis (cheese, spinach, and lobster), and I enjoyed it, but as CocoaNut mentioned, the flavors don't really shine through. I think my favorite dish with vodka sauce was a seafood medley over rigatoni...shrimp, lobster tail, clams, and mussels...mmm, I still dream about that meal. Hope that helps a little...

          1. Phoo_d Feb 11, 2009 01:41 PM

            Sometimes I'll doctor up a jarred vodka sauce with red peppers, onion, and sausage for a quick and delicious dinner.
            Phoo-D
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            1. truefoodie Feb 11, 2009 04:33 PM

              Vodka sauce on farfalle with a nice baked salmon...yum.

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                mollyditty Feb 16, 2009 09:41 AM

                Thanks for the suggestions! Ended up sauteing up a bunch of mushrooms and lights dredged chicken. Kept it simple and really enjoyed this easily thrown together dish.
                Am excited to cook my own sauce in the future :)

              2. LNG212 Feb 16, 2009 10:47 AM

                I know this is too late for you, but in case you have vodka sauce again and are still looking for ideas ... I had a lovely butternut squash and ricotta ravioli with vodka sauce at a restaurant last week. I was a bit skeptical when I ordered it (it was a special) but the pairing was really terrific.

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                  uberliken Mar 10, 2012 08:49 AM

                  What i have done that i really enjoyed is i took the jarred vodka sauce and thinned it down with Worcestershire sauce, lemon and a little bit of mustard. I added italian seasoning and crushed red pepper and heated it until thinned out in a large pan. I took chicken cooked any way you like then cut into cubes and laid it on a bed of rice. in another pan i heated mushrooms, onions and red peppers and topped the chicken with that. pour vodka sauce over it all and add some mozzarella cheese if you like.

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