Friday, December 29, 2006

lemons, linguine & vodka

linguine in a light lemon vodka sauce

this is almost the same as a 'fettucine alfredo' but has vodka in the sauce and the sour edge of lemon juice and zest. it also uses half & half cream, which is lighter than coffee cream; it is a mixture of cream and whole milk. it can be bought in the supermarket or made yourself by mixing equal amounts of [coffee] cream and whole milk together.

the recipe calls for linguine but you can use fettucine or any pasta you want, really. my favourite for this dish is a spaghetti like one that is shaped like drinking straws. this pasta has a hole in the middle and is perfect for making sure you get that sauce both inside and out. it is called mezza zita in italian.

this dish is very, very good and much lighter calorically. it really is something to be tried and be enjoyed, guilt-free. this is a nice choice for new year's day eve. oh yeah, i forgot i promised this year to cut down on the fattening stuff .... (sigh).

buon appetito!

makes 2 healthy servings, 4 if you're on a dieting kick!


1/2 lb linguine

1/2 c. "half and half" cream (light cream)
1/4 c. vodka
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
pinch of grated nutmeg (opt)

1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp pasta water

1/2 c. grated parmesan
1 tbsp chopped parsely

freshly ground black pepper


cook linguine [8 to 10 min] and reserve 2 tbsp of the water.

in a saucepan, heat cream, vodka, zest and nutmeg over low heat until warmed. season with salt and pepper

add lemon juice, pasta water and sauce to linguine in a large bowl.

add the parmesan and parsley. adjust the salt and pepper and serve with extra parmesan to garnish.



Beenzzz said...

YUM!!!! I bet this is absolutely delicious. I've had pasta in a tomato-vodka sauce before. I bet this will be even better.

Pamela said...

Hi Burekaboy,

Ooh, beauty, that sounds VERY nice! I will have to try it, lucky I braved the crowds in the BC liquor stores before Xmas and have a bottle of vodka burning a hole in my pocket...hope it's not a flavoured one, now I think of it! You should have seen the lines in front of the BC Liquor store on Commercial Drive on Christmas Eve, we should have taken a photo!

burekaboy — said...

beenzzz - it is!! i've been using this recipe for a few years now and it's never gotten a bad review. plus u don't feel as guilty since you didn't use heavy 35% cream! :)

hey pammie - try this one out, it really is great. it's also very quickly made which is nice. i can only imagine the lineup on commercial drive -- must have been insane. could drive you to drink, eh? LOL.

Anonymous said...

I'm adding my 'yum'! It sounds delicious - and easy - two things I like!

burekaboy — said...

pam - those are exactly my thoughts, too. easy and delicious — can't beat that.