Sunday, September 11, 2011

The BEST Vodka Sauce You Will Ever Make!!! (Courtesy of Tiffany James)

I figured I would attempt to redeem myself in the eyes of my fellow bloggers with the first blog post of September.  Danielle and I took the entire month of August off to participate in some family activities that ended up consuming our entire summer vacation.  That being said, I am coming back with a vengeance!  What I am posting for you today is a recipe that I had to beg for months to get from my dear friend Tiffany.  I am so happy to finally have it that I don't really want to share it with offense.  This is a recipe for THE BEST VODKA SAUCE!  Hands down, without a doubt, this is what vodka sauce is supposed to taste like!  Here is what you will need:

1 Pound of penne
1-2 Cans of crushed tomatoes
1 Med. onion, chopped
3/4 Tsp. of crushed red pepper
1-2 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 Tbsp. sugar, salt
Chopped basil leaves
1 Pint heavy cream
1/4 Cup vodka (or more) 

Here is how to put it all together.

1. Saute the chopped onions in EVOO.  Once they are clear, add the chopped garlic.
2. Add crushed tomatoes.  (1 can for 2 people, 2 cans for 4 people.)
3. Add red pepper, salt, sugar, and basil.
4. Simmer sauce for 30 minutes, or longer. 
5. Add vodka and let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Cook penne and add cream to sauce.  Sauce should be ready when penne is cooked to al dente.

There is no picture to accompany this recipe because as soon as we make it, it is gone!  Enjoy!


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