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Sunday Night Dinner

Posted by Courtney Schultz on

Sundays are for family dinners, quality time, and (now that Fall has arrived) big sweaters! Can anyone disagree?? In my family, this is always how we spent Sundays. Around the dinner table with extended family, passing around a big platter of food and eating ourselves silly.

(Pictured in photo: Engraved Bar Necklace and Taupe Chevron Cutting Board)

Today I get to share my family tradition with my in-laws who we are lucky to have with us from out of town, and I can't wait to whip up a new recipe from a fabulous cookbook I received as a gift.


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I'm cooking Penne alla Vodka for dinner and literally cannot wait to try it. We went grocery shopping with our almost-1-year-old this morning while our 2 year old was at Grandma & Grandpa's, and got all the fresh ingredients we need for one of my favorite classic Italian dishes. Here is the recipe for you to try at home:

Vodka Sauce:

5 Tablespoons unsalted butter

4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin strips

1 can (28 ounces) peeled Italian tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup vodka

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds penne

1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese


In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 2 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the prosciutto and cook 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and red pepper flakes, stir to combine, and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cream and vodka and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more, making sure the sauce does not come to a boil, and season to taste with sea salt and pepper. 

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Ad the penne and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain, add the sauce to the skillet and toss until well coated. Top with cheese and serve immediately. 

You can grill chicken to add to this if you want a bit more protein, but I'll be making petti di pollo alla sostanza (chicken breasts in butter) to serve with ours.


Buon Appetito from my cucina to yours!!! Have a fabulous Sunday, Courtney Bock Designs fans!

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