Pasta with Gin Sauce


I’m not much of a pasta eater usually, but I find it to be my go-to meal whenever I return from a trip, my fridge is empty, and I don’t have time to go to the store for several days. With the amount I’m traveling these days, this is becoming the story of my life. 


Luckily, I’ve become a pro at cooking with miscellaneous stuff I have laying around the house. For my latest culinary invention, may I present pasta in the shape of dog bones and paws slathered in a spicy gin sauce! Talk about random, right? I received this funny “Dog Lover’s Pasta” as part of the white elephant gift I selected on Christmas Eve. The gin is part of my huge 1/2 empty bottle of booze collection that I’ve been trying to whittle down for ages, and the tiny jar of peppers all labeled in Italian was a gift for dog sitting for our friend when she went to Italy. Plus, I just happened to have a hunk of homemade mozzarella I recently made. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more random……



Pasta with Gin Sauce
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ½ c. roasted chili peppers (you could use roasted red peppers)
  • 1 cup gin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 T. Gourmet Garden Basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese for garnish
  1. In a medium pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the onions and garlic start to soften around 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add in your tomatoes, roasted chili peppers and sugar.
  3. Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
  4. Return to medium heat and add in gin.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Stir in cream, parmesan and basil.
  7. Toss with pasta and serve immediately topped with fresh grated mozzarella



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