Last night a few friends and I got together for a holiday pasta dinner. Three of us made different sauces - I made a vodka sauce, Nicole made a mushroom marinara sauce, Lisa made a peanut sauce and Leah brought a salad and a delicious cheesy garlic bread. Nicole also made a caprese salad, Lisa made samosas and I bought a buche de noel cake.
It was a lot of food for only four people and we ended up having an extra long dinner - nearly three hours by the time we finished dessert! But time tends to fly when you're catching up with great friends over a delicious meal :)
Here's the recipe for my vodka sauce:
*Recipe from Cooking Light
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 Tbsp fresh basil, thinly sliced
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until tender. Add salt, crushed red pepper and garlic then saute an additional minute.
Carefully add vodka and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Add broth and tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Place sauce in a food processor and process until smooth. Return mixture to pan and stir in cream and basil.
Serve with your favorite shape pasta and top with more fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.
Note: For best results, use a vodka you like drinking.
Time to share: If you were invited to a pasta get together, what sauce would you bring?