There was a confluence of events that led to Joe and I throwing caution to the wind and having an all out carb and cheese fest this weekend. For one thing, the weather here was cold, misty, and all around blah. Lucy had a little too much fun running around the house last week and managed to hurt one of her sweet paws. Don’t worry, she’s okay now, but we kept her off of it all weekend, which meant camping out on the couch and watching too many re-runs of How I Met Your Mother and lots of movies. And because of said movies, I ended up watching part of The Holiday, which always puts me in the mood for a little Christmas fettucine.
Fettucine we did not have, but we did have a box of pappardelle, and a jar of tomato sauce. Instead of slopping some plain jane sauce on the noodles, I decided to jazz it up and make a quick, simple vodka sauce. I love ‘fake out’ cooking like this — recipes that are so easy to put together, but that you could easily serve to company, or mix and match with other items to feel even more special. This sauce was delish on our pappardelle, but would also be great on gnocchi, in lasagna, even poured all over pieces of chicken and baked with extra cheese on top. The best part? You could make this on a weeknight no problem, because it’ll only take you 20-30 minutes start to finish. Enjoy it (and get the recipe here)!