We make our pasta alla vodka sauce with a delicious little smoky twist which gives the tomatoes a lovely rich smoky flavour that just tastes so right on a cold dark night. We use Chase Oak Smoked Vodka from 31Dover.com in the sauce, it’s beautiful smokiness flavours the sauce deliciously.
Just a handful of ingredients go into this simple sauce so it’s good for cooking on busy work nights when you want something easy and delicious without too much trouble. We skip the cream in our vodka sauce, but if you really like creamy sauces – stir some in at the end.
Delicious smoky twist on the original
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion - finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
- 2 tins cherry tomatoes
- 50ml smoked vodka
- salt and pepper to taste
- handful of basil leaves - roughly torn
- 400g fresh tagliatelle to serve
- Add a splash of olive oil to a large frying pan (one that will take the tagliatelle later)
- Tip in the chopped onions and just a tiny pinch of salt then sauté them gently for five minutes until they soften.
- Add the garlic and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Tip in the tinned cherry tomatoes.
- Pour in the vodka.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer with the lid off for around 20-30 minutes, stirring every so often and checking it's not sticking to the pan.
- When the sauce is cooked stir in the basil.
- Cook the tagliatelle, it usually takes around 3-4 minutes. Drain and tip into the sauce and toss together.
- Take to the table and let everyone dive in.
Make pasta alla vodka your way
- We think this smoky tomato sauce could take a couple of handfuls of prawns – they’d work really well.
- Add a little spice with a pinch of chilli flakes
- If you like your sauce creamy – stir some in at the end of cooking.
How to serve pasta alla vodka
- Delicious scattered with Parmesan cheese.
- Perfect for dinner on a cold night.
- I love this cold next day…. and even tucked up into a ciabatta roll sloppy joe style.
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