6.09.2014

Vodka Chicken Pasta


When I was twenty two years old, I went to New York City for the very first time. I accompanied a few other stylist and owners of my salon to the prestigious Intercoiffure Fall Atelier. That event alone I have written about once but between attending two different years of this event, I could write a whole series. (New York City is my and my husbands favorite place in the world. It is truly is the most amazing city.) But what I'm sharing today is my first experience having dinner in New York City.

Like I said, I was twenty two. I was very young. Newly married. But I had lived in the "city" just long enough at that point (roughly 4 years) to know the value two different high quality types of food. There is home cooked--specifically german style-- Only my Mama does it best. No one will ever compare. And then there is fine restaurant dining. I love good food--my Mama's or a good restaurant. I love quality. With all this said, I take you back to my first experience in the big apple…


My first dinner was at Angelo's of Mulberry Street. It was divine. I'll never love anything more. I had my first glass of Chianti wine there. I forever fell in love from that first sip on. The menu was written in all Italian, of course. We were in Little Italy, after all. I couldn't read a thing, yet I KNEW no matter what I pointed at for the waiter that it was going to be magnificent. I guess my finger landed on a chicken vodka pasta dish because thats what I had that evening. I had never had vodka sauce before. The sound of it just sounded brutal to me --not being a liquor drinker at all. I was totally scared of the "vodka" word being in the name. Now looking back, I just giggle. What in the world did I think?? That they would just pour actual vodka on noodles?? HAHHAAHHAHAH But it was so creamy, flavorful yet subtle. It was seriously an obsession from first bite. This is  about when my quest to make a generic version at home began. Today thats what I'm sharing. I came home raving about ALL the fine restaurants I had the privilege of eating at in NYC, but I instantly told Tom we needed to make a grocery store run to get some vodka pasta sauce. This dish has been a staple for us ever since.

This last week on a particularly rough day, Tom came home with a bottle of wine in hand, chocolate, my FAVORITE vodka sauce from World Market, and a plan to get our favorite flavored pasta at the farmers market & cook over the weekend. What a keeper he is. I tell ya…
It instantly lifted my mood with the sheer anticipation of Sunday to come to cook together to make our favorite pasta dish! So here is our favorite New York City inspired comfort food meal. I hope you try it :-) It's a really fun alternative to spaghetti!

I slowly fry some chicken tenderloins in a large skillet with an olive oil until golden and crispy on the outside. While doing that I boil my fettuccine al dente (During summer months we love to cook with the flavored pastas we can get at our Saturday local farmers markets. During winter months we use just regular store bought pasta. After draining the water, I pour in the vodka sauce and mix well with pasta. Simmer for 5 minutes or so. When tomatoes are in season (such as these), I chop those up. Layer down the pasta, topped with chicken, chopped tomato, and a little bit of parmesan.

Bellisimo!

**Adding some fresh spinach would be an amazing addition as well. However, at the time being I can not eat any types of lettuce or spinach due to a jaw problem/mouth-piece situation. (LOOOONNNNG STORY that I'm not going to bore you all with) Total bummer. But I hope you try it!

!! STAY TUNED !! For a summer corn recipe inspired by my first lunch in New York City! YUM!

6 comments:

  1. I had no idea you could get pasta at the farmer's market! I will have to look for some at the Carmel Farmer's Market! Sounds yummy!!

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    1. OMG! Flavored pasta from the farmers markets is the BEST!!!! This week I just got a spinach/garlic pasta. Cant wait to try this one!

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  2. I love this post! We went to an Italian restaurant in Vegas last year and I had the most amazing ravioli purses. I had to hunt down the exact recipe (they were famous for it) but I haven't gotten around to recreating it yet. This might have inspired me, lol!

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    1. Italian is the best! I hope you try your recipe and share on your blog!!!

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  3. this looks soooo yummy! I think you got me this sauce before! I really am interested in this pasta! What farmers market did u find it at???

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    1. Fishers and Noblesville have the pasta stand!! Its AAAAHHHHHHHMAZING!!!!!!!

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