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what goes with Vodka sauce?

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!

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  1. 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. 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

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

      2. 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. 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. Sometimes I'll doctor up a jarred vodka sauce with red peppers, onion, and sausage for a quick and delicious dinner.
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