Sunday (Vodka) Sauce with Ina Garten
I am a HUGE fan of Ina Garten… I love her easy, accessible style and way of putting together good quality, simple ingredients to create something amazing. As it happens, I am also a HUGE fan of vodka sauce.
You can probably guess where I’m going with this, right? 🙂
Even though I have a pretty good collection of Ina’s cookbooks, I hadn’t run across her vodka sauce recipe until recently when I stumbled on it on someone else’s website.
It’s in the “Foolproof” cookbook, BTW.
During the week I’m the queen of fast and easy dinners – 30 minutes or less is the name of the game. On weekends I get a little more adventurous, so I thought I would give this one a try. This recipe is not hard at all, but it definitely creates a hefty pile of dirty dishes and take a while to cook – 20-30 minutes on the stove, 1.5 hours in the oven and another 15-20 minutes to finish on the stove.
That being said – TOTALLY WORTH IT. This dish is restaurant quality good, rich, and creamy with fantastic depth of flavor and a spicy little kick that I love. I have an easy weeknight version of vodka sauce that I’ve been making for years, but it pales in comparison to this recipe.
If you’re a Sunday sauce kind of a gal, it’s well worth working this recipe into your repertoire. Add some good red wine, a little fresh Italian bread and you’ll look like a rock star.
A full cup each of heavy cream and vodka? Yes and YES.
San Marzano tomatoes?
Side note: Anyone have any input on the great San Marzano plum tomato controversy? I read somewhere that they make a huge difference in recipes as long as you’re getting the real thing – tomatoes grown in the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius in the small town of San Marzano Sul Sarno in Italy. They are pricey – about $4 a can vs $1-$1.50 can for your basic plum tomatoes at my local store. I did use them for the first time in this recipe, but do they really make a difference?
This “medigan” wants to know….