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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Penne Alla Vodka

Penne Alla Vodka

This is a variation on Fettucine Natasha.


A vodka sauce with smoked salmon.

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1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 small white onion finely chopped 
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 -  28 ounce can tomatoes (break up tomatoes by hand) 
Crushed red pepper flakes  (optional)
1/2 cup vodka
1 cup (250 mL) 35% cream
Salt and pepper (I like lots of pepper)
Fresh Basil
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese.

Penne (or favourite pasta shape)

Heat the olive oil and butter in large skillet.  Add onions and saute for a minute or two.  Add garlic.
Continue cooking for another minute. Stirring.  Don't let onions or garlic brown.   Add Vodka and tomatoes, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes (if using)
and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes,  until sauce begins to thicken.

Stir in cream, add cooked penne and parmesan, toss and add fresh chopped basil.  Toss again and serve.


Source: Centro - Toronto

3/4 pound (375 g) fettuccine
1 tablespoon (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon (15 mL) butter
I garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon (15 mL) minced onion
4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 pound (250 g) smoked salmon, sliced
1 cup (250 mL) 35% cream
1/4 cup (50 mL) vodka
1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) pepper
1 ounce (28 g) caviar (optional)


In a large pot of boiling salted water ~ cook fettuccine until al dente. Drain, and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter. Stir in garlic and onion, and sauté, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until
fragrant. Add the tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until softened and beginning to thicken.
Stir in the smoked salmon, cream, and vodka; simmer for 5 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Gently fold in
cooked pasta and pepper. Garnish with a rosette of smoked salmon or caviar.

CHEF'S SUGGESTION: If a saltier taste is desired, add the smoked salmon at the same time as the tomatoes

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