Love is Pasta. And Cream. And Garlic.

So last week was our blogiversary here at Foodie Tots (2 years!), and my husband’s and my anniversary (7 years!) as well. Ironic, since this blog may just lead to the end of my marriage… Okay, I kid, but here’s a true quote from my husband just the other day: “Why do you have to keep trying new things? I don’t like new things. I like the same things.” Okay, so it’s safe to say he didn’t appreciate my chicken quinoa soup, but one of those same old recipes he does enjoy is penne alla vodka. It’s also the boy’s favorite at our neighborhood pasta place, but in typical three-year-old finickiness he declared mine was NOT the same. Oh well, more for his dad, who did appreciate this family anniversary meal.

Recipe: Penne Alla Vodka

  • 12 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 box penne

Instructions: Cook penne according to package instructions, subtracting 1 minute from cooking time. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium low heat. Cook garlic until soft and translucent, being careful not to let it brown. Add vodka and cook 1 minute. Add cream and heat to medium, stirring frequently, until it just begins to boil. Boil 1 minute, until cream starts to thicken. Stir in tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for several minutes. When pasta finishes, drain and fold into the sauce., cooking 1 additional minute. Serves 4. Enjoy!

Farms of Origin:

  • garlic & string beans, Potomac Vegetable Farms CSA (VA)
  • organic cream, Trickling Springs Creamery (PA)

this is our Meatless Monday recipe of the week. — another one of those “new ideas” the husband is skeptical about. follow along as I attempt to discover meatless meals that won’t make him groan. take the Meatless Monday pledge and you can get weekly e-mails with recipes and advice.

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5 Responses to “Love is Pasta. And Cream. And Garlic.”

  1. Jill

    I will happily eat O’s share. Yum! And tell L to buck up. It’s not like you’re making him eat organ meat.
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  2. Melissa

    Looks delicious. Happy anniversary!

  3. Sylvie, Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener

    Congratulation on the 2 year. And on the 7th anniversary, too of course!

    Both blogs & marriage can be a bit of work, can’t they? Could luck in your search to please all the palate in your household… all I can say is: keep sharing. We sure appreciate this.

    (I make a white vodka sauce with lots of mushroom to serve over penne too – so I had to smile at this one!)

    Sylvie
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  4. Peggy

    Oh, you are so lucky! My family is the opposite. If I serve the same dish twice in a six-month period I hear, “Aw, Mom, Gratinée de Coquilles St Jacques AGAIN??” Makes me wanna toss a meatloaf at ‘em!
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  5. mary

    Your husband sounds similar to my boyfriend who skips to dinner when meat is involved and ignores my calls when it’s veggie only.

    Congrats!

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