My Motto

May the muffin rise to greet you, may your friends be always at your door, and until we meet again, warm a single-malt in the palm of your hand and make something homemade for someone you love.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Easy Penne with Shrimp and Vodka Sauce

This is actually a really easy dish.   Easy enough for a weeknight, but good enough for company.  For this recipe, I did some research, decided what I wanted to do and knocked it out of the park on the first attempt.  Whatever you do, don't skip the hot sauce though, because that's what makes the dish.  A sexy little kick! I had leftover marinara from the other day, but not quite enough, so I added the jarred stuff until I had a quart.  These are the brands I like to use, because they are the closest to homemade I've ever found.
Penne with Shrimp and Vodka Sauce

1 25-ounce jar marinara sauce, or about a quart of leftover homemade
3/4 cup vodka
3/4 cup heavy cream (no substitution)
4 dashes hot sauce (either Tabasco or Franks hot wing sauce)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 pound extra large or jumbo raw, deveined shrimp (about 18 shrimp)
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 of a (1-lb) box penne pasta

Peel the shrimp and set aside.
Stir together the marinara and vodka and simmer on medium in a large open skillet until it reduces by one fourth.  This should only take about 15-20 minutes, depending on your stove.  When it gets close, start your water for the pasta.  Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally, sometimes it goes really quick.  Add the cream and heat through, then add the add the seasonings and taste the sauce.  It should have some spicy heat.
Add pasta to the water and set timer for ten minutes.  When there is 6 minutes left, add the shrimp to the sauce and cook for 5".  Stir in Parmesan cheese and cook 1" more.  Drain pasta and toss pasta with the sauce in the skillet.  
Serves 4.

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