Monday, May 22, 2006

Gnocchi with vodka cream sauce

I was in the mood for a creamy tomato sauce but not really in the mood to cook. Awhile back I made a pasta with vodka sauce and it was pretty good but I didn't want to make that same recipe. So I improvised a very simple sauce and served it over gnocchi with a salad of baby greens, grape tomatoes and avocado.

Vodka Cream Sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
1 large can (28 oz?) Muir Glen Fire Roasted whole tomatoes, undrained, and pulsed in the blender a few times
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup tofutti better than cream cheese
basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper

Saute garlic in olive oil until browned. Add tomatoes and cream cheese. Stir carefully to break up the cream cheese and get it melted. Add the vodka and simmer for half an hour until sauce is reduced and the alcohol cooks off. Season to taste with basil, salt and pepper. My fresh basil is under attack from the dreaded snails so I used dried. Not the end of the world but it would have been great with fresh basil!

Also one quick update from the garden - our first pomegranate blossom!

I sure hope we have pomegranates this winter - we love them. This flower is a good sign!


KleoPatra said...

Beautiful blossom there. Pomegranates are so interesting, aren't they?

Nice sauce there, tho I don't have any alcohol in my house! Can you taste the vodka in the sauce?

By the way, I have a link on my blog to getting coupons for Tofutti - or you can go to tofutti.com, if you are so inclined!

funwithyourfood said...

Hi there Nancy
I found you on Kia's site
I have gnocchi in the freezer right now. I should try this. Well nice to "meet" you. I'll stop by again later!


Guinnah said...

Kleopatra - I think pomegranates are fascinating! I don't think the sauce really tastes like vodka but it does add something to the sauce to make it more than a tomato sauce. It's all I've ever used the vodka for!

Teddy - thank you for visiting (and commenting :-))I hope you like whatever you try from here - I always feel so personally responsible!!

Crystal said...

Nancy - looks like this one I'll have to try - we love gnocchi. Also, I'm so jealous of your pomegranate blossom. I don't think we could grow those here in Minnesota.


Anonymous said...

is the gnocchi vegan? please share what brand and where you purchased them. i have been looking for vegan gnocchi for a while now

Guinnah said...

Hi Crystal - I think you're right about the pomegranate - I don't even know how much success we'll have. But it's worth a try!

Keda - the gnocchi is a brand from Trader Joe's called Meriterranea. It's mashed potatoes, wheat flour, potato starch, rice flour and flavors. I haven't called the company to check the flavors... the only ingredient that would normally be used that would make it non-vegan is egg or ricotta cheese and neither of those are listed. So we go with it :-)

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Holy Smokes I am mentally noting this recipe. Do you think someone who has never had a vodka sauce before would like it? (aka me)

Guinnah said...

Hey Jess - this really is just a creamy tomato sauce. I don't ever drink vodka so I don't know if the sauce tastes a lot like vodka. Does that make sense? I'd just had really good versions of this in the past (i.e. dairy versions) so wanted to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy - I had made a similar sauce a while back as well and was trying to recall the recipe when I stumbled upon your post. Sounds yummy, so I'm going to try it out on a dinner date this Thursday (nervous). That way I can blame it on your recipe if the date fails ;P j/k of course. Can't wait to try it. I may even do the salad you suggest as well.

BTW, I enjoyed perusing your photo blog as well. Keep up the good work!

Martina Sanchez said...

The recipe looks delicious. The process of making vodka cream sauce is simple and easy.This vodka sauce can also go well with potato or steam cauli flower etc.I think it will taste really good when served hot. I like to taste Gnocchi with vodka cream sauce with Cohiba cigars, which I buy online.