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