Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Matt's Busy Saturday Vodka Cream Sauce

As I mentioned yesterday, we had a bit of a fender bender Saturday. We were both a little exhausted by the day but, still needed dinner. With no car we couldn't just run out to eat so, Matt whipped up this tasty sauce & served it over a half package of gnocchi we had lingering in the fridge.
Matt's Busy Saturday Vodka Cream Sauce
His inspiration for the sauce was a leftover half package of Philadelphia Cooking Cream*. Have you tried this stuff yet? It's got the flavor of cream cheese but the texture is more like that of mascarpone cheese. We bought it to use in our smoked salmon chowder & it made the chowder even better than the original version (richer, creamier) plus it incorporates so easily. After that success, Matt said he wanted to experiment with it in pasta sauce. It added a nice bit of tang that you wouldn't get from just cream & a luxurious thickness. I think this might be the perfect cream cheese to use in frosting, no waiting for it to reach room temp!

Matt's Busy Saturday Vodka Cream Sauce

1 T salted butter
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
few grinds black pepper
1/4 t dried basil
8 oz basic tomato sauce
splash of vodka
5 oz Philadelphia Cooking Cream

Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add the garlic, red pepper, black pepper & basil. Sauté for about a minute. Stir in the tomato sauce & vodka. Whisk in the cooking cream until incorporated. Heat through. Serve with your favorite pasta.

Makes 2 - 3 servings

* We did not receive the Philadelphia Cooking Cream for free or receive any sort of payment for writing about it. We just happened to pick it up at the store & liked it so, thought we'd share our thoughts about it with you.

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21 comments:

Megan said...

I haven't seen that cooking cream but you can be sure I'll keep my eye's open for it. I love Gnocchi and this sauce sounds so good. Wish my hubby cooked! ;)

Jacky Hackett said...

That Philadelphia brand cooking cream caught my eye in the store last night, this looks like a great recipe to put it to use. Will have to check it out. Thanks!

Liz Darner said...

Mmmm,sounds like the perfect remedy to my late winter food rut. Where in the store did you find the cooking cream - near the cream cheese?

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Sorry about your accident and glad you guys are ok. The sauce looks delicious! I have not seen the cooking cream but have heard about it. I will have to try and find it.

Lo said...

Glad you guys are alright... fender benders are never fun!!

Have seen the cooking cream advertised, but haven't tried it yet. Is it similar to cream cheese whipped with a bit of milk?

Vodka sauce looks amazing... perfect quick evening meal, if you ask me.

kat said...

Liz - Yup, it was right by the cream cheese. We were going to buy cream cheese for the soup when this caught our eye

vanillasugar said...

hello! i do love this sauce!
and so sorry about the accident :-(
but everyone is ok and that is what matters.

Connie @ Rookie Foodie said...

I haven't seen the cooking cream! This sauce sounds delightful and quick.

I like quick!

Lori said...

Yum! I make this type of sauce but not with these ingredients. I have to try this way for sure. We have not had it in so long.

Sorry to hear about the fender bender. That can be quite a hassle. I hope your insurance was good about everything.

Lori said...

What a great match for gnocchi. Hmm...that cream may be a good sub for an ingredient in some Brazilian recipes I have. I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I love creamy Vodka tomato pasta sauce! There's something about alcohol that brings out good flavors in tomatoes. Sorry to hear about the fender bender, those events are always stressful. I hope you have your car back soon.

Elle said...

that looks so comforting! Especially after a bad day. I've seen those just recently at the store-they look interesting, and some nice flavor combos to choose from, too.

Stacy said...

So back to that salmon chowder; did you sub the "cooking cream" for the half & half? Completely, partly? On the fence whether to try that product but the convenience of it, stability with heat may make it try-worthy. Thanks!

kat said...

Stacy - I did it in addition to the half & half but you know I could just have subbed it completely & I think that would have worked great too.

Merut said...

I've heard of vodka sauce, but I have never tried it. Maybe this weekend. Where do you get Philadelphia cooking cream? What is it near (cheese or milk or what)? Thanks for the inspiration!

Mrs. L said...

Philadelphia Cooking Cream...I'll have to keep an eye out for it!

Diana said...

Wouldn't you want to cook off the vodka just a wee bit?

kat said...

Diana - He only threw in a splash of vodka & then heated the sauce through so we were totally fine with it the way it was. If someone wanted to cook it off more they easily could.

ceej said...

Wow...this sauce was really tasty and super fast to prepare! I was looking for ways to use the Philadelphia cooking cream. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

Anonymous said...

If I can't find that cooking cream anywhere, do you think I could replace it with just cream cheese?

kat said...

Anonymous - It might be a little heavier but I don't see why not. Maybe start with a little less & let it blend in, taste & see if you want more. Also if you can get the whipped I would chose that.

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