Thursday, June 3, 2010

Penne with Vodka and Caviar

You don't have to be in the kitchen for hours to present a visually appealing, elegant and delicious main course for your guests; or for that matter just for yourself. All you need are a few ingredients and less than thirty minutes in the kitchen, to have this gourmet pasta dish on your table. Although most recipes for pasta and vodka call for tomatoes; I opted not to use them to allow the rich red colour of the caviar and its salty flavor, permeate throughout the dish and not compete with this exquisite ingredient. So from my table to yours, enjoy!

3 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1/2 cup Vodka
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup red caviar
salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
14 oz ridged small penne
6 quarts water

    In a large pan boil about 6 quarts water. Add salt to the water. Cook the small ridged penne al dente for approximately 9 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, start the sauce.
    In a separate saucepan, heat the butter. Add the onions, garlic, and cook til transparent 3 to 4 minutes).
    Pour in the vodka and and and the cream and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Add the caviar, leaving a small amount for the garnish. Drain the pasta and toss immediately with the sauce. Plate the pasta and garnish with the red caviar.
    Serves 4 to 6

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