Posted by: Jonjon | January 24, 2009

Sauce – Pasta – Easy Vodka Sauce 8/10





Sauce – Pasta – Easy Vodka Sauce 8/10

January 23 2009

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Vodka-Sauce/Detail.aspx

INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
• 1 tablespoon and 1-3/4 teaspoons butter 25g
• 1/4 onion, diced
• 3 tablespoons and 1/2 teaspoon vodka 45ml
• 3/8 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 297g
• 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon heavy cream 95ml

DIRECTIONS
This recipe’s Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 10 servings.
1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute onion in butter until slightly brown and soft. Pour in vodka and let cook for 10 minutes. Mix in crushed tomatoes and cook for 30 minutes. Pour in heavy cream and cook for another 30 minutes.

Conclusion
Apart from the time needed to make this sauce, the flavor was really nice. I used crushed tomatoes. The vodka taste was pungent in the first minute, but after a while cooking and diluting it with cream, the taste was still prominent but not so overwhelming. However, it could have been better if more tomatoes or more flavorful tomatoes were used. Other from that, this was a very good sauce.
Sauce – Pasta – Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce 9/10

January 23 2009

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quick-and-Easy-Alfredo-Sauce/Detail.aspx

INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
• 1/4 cup butter 55g
• 1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 110g
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder 3g Can replace with 50% real garlic i.e ½ teaspoon
• 1 cup milk 235ml maybe just use 60%, i.e less than ¾ of a cup i.e 141ml
• 3 ounces grated Parmesan cheese 85g maybe use 33% less i.e 56g
• 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 0.1g


DIRECTIONS
This recipe’s Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 4 servings.
Melt butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with wire whisk until smooth. Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps. Stir in Parmesan and pepper. Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, thin with milk if cooked too long. Toss with hot pasta to serve.

Conclusion
Hmm this was the best cheesy pasta sauce that I have ever tasted in my life. However, nutritionally, it’s rich in everything that is not healthy so…that was quite unfortunate. I made the sauce with the alterations recommended by the reviewers. Reducing the garlic powder to 50% and replacing it with real garlic, and used only 60% milk and 66% parmesan cheese. Spot on! 

Sauce – Pasta – Tomato Cream Sauce for Pasta 8.5/10

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tomato-Cream-Sauce-for-Pasta/Detail.aspx

INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
• 2-1/2 teaspoons olive oil 10ml
• 3/8 onion, diced
• 3/8 clove garlic, minced
• 3/8 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained 157g
• 1-1/4 teaspoons dried basil leaves 1g
• 1/4 teaspoon white sugar 1g
• 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano 0.2g
• 1/8 teaspoon salt 0.6g
• 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 0.1g
• 3 tablespoons and 1/2 teaspoon heavy cream 45ml
• 1-1/4 teaspoons butter 6g

DIRECTIONS
This recipe’s Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 5 servings.
1. In a saucepan, saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Make sure it doesn’t burn. Add tomatoes, basil, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to boil and continue to boil 5 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream and butter. Reduce heat and simmer 5 more minutes.

Conclusion
Hmm I’m suspecting that canned tomatoes have more flavor than regular tomatoes…because most of the tomato based sauces that I have made did not have a rich tomato taste. However, this sauce was very nice. Without the cream, it would have not tasted that nice. Without the cream, It tasted like a bland though flavorful and friendly tomato sauce. However, upon the addition of the cream, it blended everything together into a milky and mellow but still a bit flavorful sauce.

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