Planning ahead

By the end of the week energy is flagging.  We had a back to school snowball social at Samantha’s school at 6 and I got home just in time to make it.  Fortunately I had leftover vodka sauce in the freezer from last month.  I’m trying to be better about using up the things I freeze (I have a bad habit of putting things in there and then forgetting about them.)  We got home from the school event, cooked the pasta and heated the sauce and dinner was quick.

Vodka sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion chopped
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cans whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained (preferably San Marzano)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • pasta of your choice (we had penne)
  • Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Heat oil over medium heat in an ovenproof pan (or Dutch oven).  Add onions and garlic and cook for 4 – 6 minutes.  Add red pepper flakes and oregano.  Add vodka and simmer for about 5 minutes or until reduced.  Crush tomatoes in with pan mixture.   Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Cover pan and place in oven for 1 1/2 hours.   Remove from oven and puree in a blender or food processor.  Return to pan and add half and half.  Simmer for 5  -10 minutes.  Serve over pasta of your choice with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Samantha also had pasta.  She had hers with Graul’s marinara sauce.  I managed to get the Parmesan cheese in the shape of an “s”.

Pasta night!

Pasta night!


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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