What is Vodka Sauce and where was it first established?
Vodka sauce is known as a thin, smooth pink sauce with an acidic tomato-y bite that’s tempered by a cream finish. As the sauce cooks over a low flame, the tomatoes caramelize and turn jammy, melding and combining with the vodka.
Like most Italian recipes and sauces, there’s a measure of debate as to where and when it was first established. Unsurprisingly, the two places that lay claim to the invention of vodka sauce are New York City and Italy.
First I chopped one sweet onion and sautéed it in olive oil. As the onions were cooking down, I added minced garlic. The garlic becomes fragrant after about 3-5 minutes and that’s when it’s time to add the seasonings, followed by both the whole tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and vodka. As the vodka cooks down, break up the whole tomatoes and drain the sun-dried tomatoes before adding to the sauce. You don’t want the sauce to be oily. With an Immersion Blender, blend all ingredients together until well blended.
When your sauce starts to boil, add the heavy cream, 1 jar of Vodka Cream Sauce by Classico and cheese, turn down to low and let simmer.
This sauce is so versatile in that you can make it quickly, easily, poured over pasta, wrapped in lasagna wheels, used as a dipping sauce for garlic bread or mozzarella sticks. This recipe makes a great celebration dish and definitely ranks a ten on the delicious scale for a Valentine’s Day dinner! This recipe was girlfriends and Mr. TAL approved!
Sun Dried Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce
- 1 pot
- 1 Spoon
- 1 immersion blender
- measuring spoons
- 1 knife
- 1 chopping board
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 sweet onion
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 3/4 cup Vodka
- 2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes
- 6.7 oz sun dried tomatoes (drained)
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 1 24 oz Vodka Sauce by Classico
- salt and pepper to taste
- Dice onion and Saute in olive oil
- Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant
- Add seasonings and stir for a few minutes
- Add whole tomatoes and drained sun dried tomatoes
- Add vodka and let cook down breaking up tomatoes as you stir
- Use Immersion blender and blend well
- Add 1 jar of Vodka Cream Sauce from Classico and stir
- Add heavy cream and cheese and let simmer on low heat
- Boil penne or pasta of your chose, drain, serve with sauce and top with more shredded parmesan cheese
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