Frozen in Time Pasta ala Vodka Sauce

November 11, 2009
Frozen in Time Pasta ala Vodka Sauce

Author Notes: It comes from a cookbook I wrote when I practiced law, "Culinary Justice -- A Cookbook for People Who Can't Stomach Lawyers." This recipe is a variation on the recipe of one of my favorite secretaries at my former law firm, Thacher Proffitt & Wood.kpordum

Serves: 4


  • 1/2 pound frozen pasta (or regular pasta) -- penne/rigatoni/bowie
  • 1/4 pound frozen bacon (or fresh bacon; or turkey bacon)
  • 3 tablespoons frozen butter (or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinches salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
In This Recipe


  1. Defrost previously frozen baggie of pasta – open the baggie and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 1-2 TB water to the baggie and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes until it is unfrozen and hot.
  2. Take frozen bacon and with a sharp or serrated knife, chop horizontally into six ½” cubes.
  3. Over medium/high heat, melt butter in a large skillet. When butter starts to foam add bacon. Sauté until lightly browned.
  4. Add vodka to skillet and stir over high heat until it evaporates (about 5 minutes).
  5. Reduce heat to low, stir in the tomato sauce until heated through.
  6. Stir in the cream and continue stirring until it is heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the pasta to coat. Stir in parmesan and serve!

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