Two months ago I was on yet another cooking odyssey though this one was very easy. Pasta, sautéed onions, tomato puree, heavy cream and vodka. A Caesar salad on the side, some Merlot and wha-laa! Oh, did I mention there is Vodka?
Ironically, I’ve been very under the weather but I wanted to post up another angle to my writing for my new Bloppy Blogger friends. Food has not been on my itinerary the past 48 hours.
In my continuing quest to replicate Ree Drummond’s recipes from her blog at The Pioneer Woman I found yet another that I said, “Yes, please. I must make that.” Though not an ingredient on the list the first order of business was to pour a glass of Merlot. It was a vintage…ah heck, I don’t know what it was. As a girlfriend of mine said recently when we were comparing alcohol consumption she said, “Does it give you a buzz? Then that works for me.” My kind of girl.
I only had one glass.
Phoenix, “He had three.”
Me, “Knock it off. Go lay down.”
The recipe calls for one medium onion. I got two because by the time I’m done completing my Edwards Scissorhands impression it ends up being one.
Ok, I got a little too much and didn’t use all of this.
Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet and chop up 2-3 cloves of garlic. Since we’re drinking, more is always better right? And I wouldn’t be kissing anyone this night so 3 it was. Toss it all in and get everything all sautéed up. Salt and pepper. Taste it after a bit for the the proper seasoning to your liking.
Next comes the part where your eyes light up. I hadn’t been around Vodka in 10 years. It’s an old
demon friend from my very first drunk in high school. I added one cup in.
Phoenix, “You poured two!”
Me, “Thank you, Measuring Police…”
Where Phoenix always chimes in, “Daddy is getting tipsy…can’t wait for later if he starts texting…and he didn’t have a date… so why the title?”
*glare at Golden Retriever if you have one*
I usually steer away from all tomato sauce based recipes (we are not fond of each other) but the acid would be cut out with the heavy cream so I went for it.
Getting all of that stirred around. Oh lordy, bring on the Aroma Post feature!
Now add in 1 cup of heavy cream.
Getting it all stirred together into a saucy goodness. Some more salt and fresh ground pepper. Always taste as you go along!
You can choose any pasta you like. I always have pasta of all types in the cupboard and chose Farfelle. I thought it should really grab and soak up the sauce well.
Toss it into the skillet with the sauce and grate some fresh Parmesan Cheese on top. Please get fresh folks it only takes a minute to grate it!
Then I whipped up a nice Caesar Salad from scratch on the side. It takes a bit of time to…
Phoenix, “Liar! You got it out of one those pre-mix containers.”
Me, “And Mr Throw Me Under The Bus being his ever so helpful self again. Nice.”
Phoenix, “Just sayin’…”
Tasted just as good and looked the same.
Plate ‘er up with some basil on top and let the food orgasm begin.
The pasta was so soft and tender and all of the ingredients married together deliciously. Most of the vodka had cooked out but it definitely hinted its presence in the background with the melted Parmesan cheese. I love basil so I chopped some up, very undiligently and too hurriedly, and tossed it in there as well. Don’t forget to season as you go along! Taste, taste, taste. Remember you can always add but can’t take out.
I’m telling you folks if you want a really easy dish to put together that will make your honey feel like they are having a 5 star Italian dinner. This will sweep them off of their feet. The wine doesn’t hurt either.
Here is the original recipe from Ree Drummond a The Pioneer Woman. She continues to mentor me virtually to be a better cook!
What is your favorite Saturday night dish to make?