I once taught a cooking class to bachelors. I really wanted to do something that was easy and not intimidating.  Pasta is always great for new cooks and the Vodka adds a nice kick.

Every Friday, I make something totally different. Something that I would eat in a restaurant. We sit down to eat no matter what is going on. Fridays are special in our home.  We just started this Friday night dinner ritual a few months ago but it’s the best part of the week. I like to dress up for dinner too. No sweatpants on Friday night. This pasta is a great Friday night dinner. It feels romantic and we feel like we are eating in a restaurant (except without people giving us looks when the baby throws pasta on the floor). No, we don’t serve this to our son. He likes his pasta plain but that’s okay. We hope the food police are not watching.

Sexy Vodka-Tomato Pasta


500 grams of pasta


1 and a half tablespoons of butter

Olive oil

1 onion (chopped)

1 and a half cups of whole canned tomatoes (diced)

1 tablespoon tomato paste

Fresh thyme (about 4 sprigs)

250 ml of cream

¼ cup of vodka


Fresh Basil

Parmesan cheese

 1. Heat oil and butter in pan.  Place onion in butter and sauté until transparent.

 2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and thyme. Cook while stirring until the liquid disappears (about 10 minutes).

2. Add cream, vodka and Tabasco until thick (about 3 minutes).

4. At the same time, cook pasta according to directions.

5. Mix with sauce and top with basil and Parmesan if desired

Written by franticfoodie

I am Keren Brown (note: Keren with 2 E's). I love living in Seattle, I think the weather here is fabulous and spend my days writing, organizing and planning food events. Read about Seattle food events, recipes or just immerse in the food obsession. Check out my other blog in the Seattle PI http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/franticfoodie/


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