Good ol’ pasta & steak

Happy Sunday!

I love experimenting and making different and unique dishes. This time, I made pasta with vodka sauce. Yes, vodka! 😏

I was inspired by this recipe: https://shewearsmanyhats.com/pasta-vodka-sauce-recipe/

I, of course, altered the recipe, as I always do, to make it my own.
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound pasta
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 8 cloves garlic, grated
  • 32 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish (or Gruyere)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garnish: fresh chopped parsley, grated Parmesan
  • I added arugula to the dish. I added about three handfuls of the batch.
Instructions:
  1. Begin cooking pasta to al dente stage according to package instructions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add chili flakes and grated garlic, cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and vodka, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Stir in cream, Parmesan cheese, plus ¼ cup of pasta water until smooth. If needed, add more pasta water a little at a time until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Drain pasta, add to pan with sauce and toss until coated.
  6. Serve with fresh parsley and grated Parmesan.

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Mmm! I may have put a wee bit more cheese than anticipated. Still, it was yummy!

I was in the mood for steaks to pair with the pasta. I was dying to use honey and balsamic vinegar again. So I made this: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/balsamic-glazed-sirloin-steak-10900

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound 1/2-inch-thick boneless sirloin steak
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons medium-dry Sherry
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter

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Doesn’t this look mouth watering?

Shanks, shanks, baby!

The other weekend, I was at the grocery store and saw some lamb shanks on sale. I love lamb, especially shanks. I hadn’t had it in a long time and decided to cook them for dinner. There’s so much meat and it’s so tender. This was a meal to savor!!!!

The shanks were very easy to cook. I drizzled them with extra virgin olive oil and lemon olive oil, and seasoned it with: lemon juice, Chardonnay white wine, Italian seasoning, thyme, Hawaiian salt, garlic salt, and pepper. I sliced some garlic cloves and threw them into the dish as well. Baked it in a casserole dish, covered with foil, at 400º for about an 80 minutes or so. The baking time varies, due to how rare you want the meat to be. I turned down the temperature and let the dish sit in the oven until it was ready to grindz!

I made a pasta dish to go alongside this delicious entrée. Got to have pasta! My all-time comfort food.

 

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I used a mix of collard greens and spinach. I’ve never cooked with collard greens before and have been curious to finally try it. It’s very similar to spinach. It shrinks when cooked. Haha! Best to add it in last, as it cooks quickly.

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I boiled egg noodles (love them to death!). The sauce included: Chardonnay white wine, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil. A very simple, and healthy sauce. Sprinkled with chili flakes and shaven Parmesan cheese. Yummy!

Oooh whee, I am getting hungry for lamb again! Is it time to eat?

~FS

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