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Tonight's dinner mission is brought to you buy one of my family's favorite Rachael Ray recipes - Vodka Creamy Pasta.  Mmmmmm.  This recipe is so easy to make which is exactly what I was looking for today. I usually have all the ingredients for this one on-hand!  I made a minor change to the original recipe by only using 1 shallot simply because 2 can make it over powering.

Here's what you'll need:

1 16 oz box of penne
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup vodka (I buy the cheap stuff because it's just for cooking)
1 cup chicken broth
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, shredded
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter

Begin by bringing water to a boil and preparing your pasta according to the manufacturers directions.  While you are waiting on the water to boil, mince the garlic and shallot.  Chop the basil leaves and set aside.

In a large sautee pan, heat olive oil and butter.  Add garlic and shallots then sautee 3 to 5 minutes to bring out their sweetness.

Add vodka to sautee pan, bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add crushed tomatoes and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and simmer.

Add heavy cream and mix well.

Add pasta to creamy tomato sauce and stir to coat.

Top with basil and serve with your favorite bread.


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