Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Pasta with Slow Roasted Vodka Sauce
... aka "Pasta alla Vecchia Bettola." But I like to keep things simple, so I'm gonna go with slow roasted vodka sauce, 'k? Great.
This past week NJ got hit with a lovely snow storm that closed school. While most people were probably excited to sleep in, or catch up on their DVRd shows, or read a good book, I was excited to make this recipe. I had it bookmarked but knew it was a bit time consuming, so I was saving it for a day I had time to play around in the kitchen. This recipe is EASY to make- the oven does all the work for you, but it is time consuming.
The verdict?! Well worth the time. I loved it. Slow roasting the tomatoes really brings out the flavor and adds a level of depth to the sauce. The sauce came out a bit thick, and I could have thinned it out with more cream but I didn't want to add the extra fat. Next time I'd puree the tomatoes more in my food processor to thin it out. Even with it thick it was delicious. My only regret? Halving the recipe. I wish I made the whole thing and froze half the sauce! It's that good.
Source: So Tasty, So Yummy
¼ cup good olive oil
1 medium Spanish onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, diced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 cup vodka
2 (28-ounce) cans peeled plum tomatoes
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ridged pasta
4 tablespoons fresh oregano (can substitute 1 tbsp. dried)
¾ to 1 cup light cream
Grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven proof saute pan over medium heat, add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and dried oregano and cook for 1 minute more. Add the vodka and continue cooking until the mixture is reduced by half.
Meanwhile, remove the tomatoes from the juice in the can and crush them into the pan with your hands. Add 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and place it in the oven for 1 ½ hours. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta al dente. Drain and set aside.
Place the tomato mixture in a blender and puree in batches until the sauce is a smooth consistency. Return to the pan.
Reheat the sauce, add 2 tablespoons fresh oregano and enough heavy cream to make the sauce a creamy consistency. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and simmer for 10 minutes. Toss the pasta into the sauce and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in ½ cup Parmesan. Serve with an additional sprinkle of Parmesan and a sprinkle of fresh oregano on each plate.