143.8...Pasta alla Vodka

My favorite kind of pasta sauce is the pink variety. It’s a combination of all things delicious and when you add a bit of vodka to it, it reaches a whole new level of fabulous! Friday night I whipped up The Pioneer Woman’s Pasta alla Vodka and it was everything I hoped for.

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Pasta alla Vodka (Serves 6)

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman


1 lb. pasta

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. butter

1 whole medium onion, chopped finely

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

3/4 cup (to 1 cup) vodka

1 can (14 oz.) tomato puree

1 cup heavy cream

1 pinch red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp. (to 1/2 tsp.) salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. When butter is melted, add in chopped onion and garlic. Stir and allow to cook for two minutes. Pour in vodka. Stir and cook for three minutes. Add in tomato puree and stir. 

3. Reduce heat to low and stir in cream. Allow to simmer, being careful not to overheat. Stir in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

4. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water in case sauce is too thick. Add cooked pasta to the sauce, tossing to combine. Splash in a little water if it needs it. Stir in Parmesan cheese.

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I served the pasta with Caesar salad and garlic bread. Great Friday night dinner!

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Saturday breakfast:

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We went to my husband’s company’s family picnic at Liberty Station. The kids played games and had a ball. I enjoyed a cheeseburger for lunch. I wanted a second one but was able to find the strength to restrain myself.

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Dinner that night was leftovers. We had leftover Pasta alla Vodka, garlic bread and I made a fresh salad.

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The standard breakfast yesterday:

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I did a bunch of stuff around the house in the morning. Lunch was a turkey sandwich. No avocado. Sadly, I was out.

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John, Kate and their kids came over to swim and have dinner. I made Onion Dip From Scratch (recipe coming) and put out chips, cheese and crackers. 

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We all went to Burger Night at our club for dinner. I had a turkey burger, lettuce wrapped with jalapeños, red onion, tomatoes and chipotle aioli. 

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I did splurge and order sweet potato fries. Sometimes you just gotta do it.

Breakfast today:

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I dropped my daughter off at camp and went to spin class. Monday’s class is always intervals and kicks my butt every time but I love it!

I took my son to meet my husband for lunch at PF Changs. I had Egg Drop Soup and Ginger Chicken with Broccoli with Brown Rice.

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The weeks is off to a great start!

Pasta Sauce: Red or White? Or pink like me?

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