Nothing Says Love More Than Vodka Penne

If you are looking for ways to profess your love to your significant other this Valentine’s Day, creating a romantic, delicious meal is like shooting Cupid’s arrow straight through his/her heart. And it does not have to be complicated. Keep it simple so you can get to the cuddling. Here is a very easy recipe made with lots of love.

Of course you will need extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons. Also, 1 tablespoon of butter along with some minced garlic. I like to use the minced garlic that comes in a jar so you can measure out 1 teaspoonful. If you really want to add more flavor, you can also include 1-2 minced shallots. Get all of that into a large skillet over medium heat and let it sauté for about 3-5 minutes. Gradually pour in 1 cup of vodka and let that reduce by half. Should take about 3 minutes. Once that is ready, add 1 cup of low sodium chicken stock and pour in a 32 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

While the sauce simmers, cook your pasta in some salted boiling water with a tablespoon of olive oil until al dente. As the pasta is cooking, pour in ½ cup of heavy cream into the sauce. If you are still sticking to your New Year’s Resolution, you can use half-and-half or even skim milk. Once the sauce starts to come to a bubble, remove it from the heat to let it thicken a bit. Drain your pasta and plate. Pour the vodka cream sauce over the pasta and garnish with some fresh basil leaves. This delicious meal would not be complete without some fresh bread and your favorite bottle of red. Light a few candles and your romantic meal for two is served! Happy Valentine’s Day.