Vodka Sauce

Dilemma: a family that wants to eat and a mom who blogs.Vodka Sauce The irony that I am writing about food and cooking is not lost on hungry teenagers. The day may have started with homemade Cinnamon Buns, Coffee, fruit and yogurt, but the warm gooey glow of that culinary delight soon faded as evening rolled around. I needed to make dinner quickly and easily and this is what I came up with.

 

Vodka Sauce (easy)

1 28 oz can of Diced Tomatoes
1/2 10 oz can of Rotel tomatoes and green chilis
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 clove of Garlic, crushed
1/2 Onion, chopped
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/4 tsp Thyme, and/or Marjoram
1/4 tsp Basil
1 Tbsp Capers
3 -4 oz Vodka (you can actually skip this if it’s not something you keep on hand)
These are measurements for dried herbs. Fresh can be used as well, just mince.

In a large pot or dutch oven, saute the onion and crushed garlic in olive oil. Once the onion is translucent add the Diced tomatoes and half the can of Rotel. Add one fourth if you do not want your sauce to be too hot. (or skip it all together) Stir in salt, oregano, thyme and capers.  If you don’t have onion and garlic, you could use the powdered version of both, just one half teaspoon each. Add Vodka.

After the sauce has simmered for 20 minutes I like to process about 2/3 of it for a smoother sauce.  With a ladle I scoop out the large tomato chunks and some of the broth and I put it in the food processor on high for about a minute and then add it back in to the sauce pot.

** Stealthy Healthy ** If you want to up the veggie quotient for your family add boiled carrots, celery, squash to the processor and add it into the sauce. It’s an extra step, but just throw some cut, peeled veggies in a pan of water while you are cooking and boil until soft. Strain and use the vegetables. You can cool the liquid and use it as veggie stock for soups and stews.

Leave on a low simmer for at least 30 min but you could go longer. Stirring occasionally. Add the half and half about 5 minutes before you are ready to serve.  The sauce keeps well in the fridge or it can be frozen.

My niece Katie adds a small jar of artichoke hearts as well which adds a delicious tangy bite to the sauce.

February 12, 2012 Posted by: 1 Comment - Permalink
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  1. Janis says:

    This looks great!

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