"Holy sh*t you're a great cook!" - The Parents, after you make this
Delicious and unique, Penne alla Vodka Sauce and Arugula & Pear Salad is a one-two punch sure to impress!
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PENNE ALLA VODKA SAUCE
Finally a good use for vodka! This creamy, rich and sophisticated sauce is an easy way to impress.
ARUGULA & PEAR SALAD
Elegant and crisp, this arugula and pear salad balances textures and flavors to make for a perfect start to a meal.
The pasta is just a very effective way to eat this creamy and rich sauce. The vodka imparts a really unique flavor into the tomato and cream base. You'll want a wine that can cut through the creaminess, but doesn't overpower the subtle tastes of the sauce.
With a classic Italian dish like pasta you really can't go wrong with a red from... you guessed it: Italy! Medium bodied wines, high tannins and acidity are perfect with a tomato based sauce. If you are after a white, try out a Sauvignon Blanc, which has nice acid and fruit.
Check out: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
The vodka not only contributes to the unique flavor of the dish, but also serves as an emulsifier to bind the acidity and fat from the tomatoes and cream.
Sangiovese is grown mostly in the central part of Italy, and is the countries most planted grape. The variety is present in nearly all wines produced in Tuscany.