|LaBella Cupcakes and|
Monday evening waiting for me, were two La Bella cupcakes, Cookies and Cream and Sealed with a Kiss. we have ran past LaBella numerous times while training for half-marathons, and I have mentioned it on quite a few occasions. I decided out menu would be Italian inspired since finding a Vodka Cream sauce recipe. For starters, we did a simple caprese salad of tomato, mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic and a touch of olive oil. On the side, we made our own garlic infused butter to put over ciabatta bread, which we lightly toasted. Now, on to the entree. The sauce is very simple to make. First, sauté 2 shallots and garlic both minced. Once they are carmelized, add in basil and parsley along with fresh black pepper and sea salt. If you want an extra kick of heat, add crushed red pepper. Then, add the tomato paste and stir until all of your herbs and aromatics are incorporated. Now add the vodka. FYI, we used Three Olives, since it was we had in the liquor cabinet. Much like cooking with wine, only use a vodka you will drink. Finally, add heavy whipping cream and bring to a simmer. We served it over whole grain penne pasta. For thicker, creamier sauces, I prefer pastas such as penne.
|Penne with Vodka Sauce|
Until next time...follow your heart, fulfill your hunger!