Friday, October 28, 2011

Penne Pasta with a Vodka Clam Sauce

 I tried this recipe the other day when I was in a big hurry.  Even thought I am a die hard (make it from scratch person) it was actually pretty good.  This is now a go to recipe that will be in my book of fast meals.  I hope you enjoy!

1 pound Penne Pasta
2 slices of day old white bread
2 TBS snipped fresh parsley
2 TBS butter
2 cans minced clams, undrained
2 1/2 cups jarred vodka marinara sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon
slices of fresh Parmesan cheese

1. Bring salted water to a boil in 4-qt.Casserole. Cook pasta according to package directions.
Drain using large Colander; set aside.

2. As pasta cooks, prepare topping. Chop bread into small pieces. Snip Parsley. 
 Place butter into Saute Pan; melt over medium heat. Add bread crumbs;
stir for 2-3 minutes or until bread crumbs are crisp and golden. Remove pan
from heat. cool slightly. Stir in parsley.

3. In a saucepan strain clam juice. Add vodka sauce and pressed
garlic. Juice lemon to measure 1 tbsp juice; stir into sauce. Bring to a 
simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in pasta and clams; cover 
and let stand 3-5 minutes or until heated through.

4. To serve, divide pasta among serving plates; sprinkle with bread crumb mixture
 and top with thin slices of Parmesan cheese.

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