I made dinner for my boyfriend last night and it was faaaabulous! We had hummus and carrots while it was cooking, and a mixed green salad, penne, garlic bread, and some wine, Yellow Tail Reserve Shiraz. Fantastic. I had to share it with you kids.
Penne alla Vodka:
5 large tomatoes
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup vodka
Salt, freshly ground black pepper, and basil to taste
1 lb penne
Get a pot of water boiling for the pasta, and set aside a large bowl of ice water. Cut the stem part of the tomatoes out and cut a small "x" on the bottoms. When the water comes to a boil, place the tomatoes in one by one until the skins start to split, then pull them out and drop them in the ice water till they're cool. Keep the water boiling, the tomato flavor gets cooked into the pasta!
Now peel the tomatoes, cut them up, and take out the seeds. Chop the remaining parts into small chunks and set aside in a bowl, or in a strainer if they're really juicy.
Toss the penne into the pot.
Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the garlic. When it starts to get golden, take it off the flame and add the vodka. [sometimes I like to use a bit more than recommended.] Put it back on the stove and let it simmer till it's reduced by half, or until it stops smelling like burning alcohol. Add the tomatoes, some salt, pepper, and dried basil. Let it simmer on a medium heat until the tomatoes are al dente.
By the time the penne is done cooking, the tomatoes should be good too. Toss them together and season with more salt and pepper if you like. It's so refreshing and really hard to stop eating!
1/2 cup vegan butter
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Cut 1-1 1/2 inch thick slices of bread, as much as you want. Melt the butter with the garlic in the microwave. Scoop/pour the butter and garlic onto the bread and stick it under the broiler until it gets toasted. I cooked at my boyfriend's house and his broiler is weird and burnt the edges and the inside was still soft, but it regardless of that, it was still amazing! Sprinkle some vegan parm on the top before broiling it too, that's also good.