Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Penne w/Roasted Pepper Vodka Sauce

Yup, I'll admit it. I'm a pasta lover. And you will be too once you have a bite of this tasty dish.

I didn't write down the recipe (I never do) but here's what you do:
  • You need, a box of pasta, butter, garlic, red peppers, crushed tomatoes, half and half, vodka and goat cheese. And some frozen peas. 
  • Cook a pound of penne according to the directions, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining the rest of it.
  • Remove the stems and seeds from 3 cups of small red peppers. Broil until blistered and softened, then let cool. In a large pot, melt a couple tablespoons of butter until melted then sauté a couple cloves of garlic (minced) until softened, then add a pinch of red pepper flakes and a cup or so of crushed tomatoes along with the pasta water.
  • Using a food processor or blender, purée the peppers and tomato mixture until smooth, then return to your skillet and bring to a simmer. Add 1/4 cup of vodka (or more to taste) and stir until booze cooks out, about 10 minutes or so. Stir in a cup or so of half and half  and a couple tablespoons of goat cheese and cook until thickened. Stir in a cup or so of frozen peas for color and heat through.
  • Add pasta to the sauce pan and combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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