Monday, April 14, 2008

Semi-Homemade "Vodka Sauce" with Me

So for some ungodly reason, one of favorite quick fix meals is one of those salt packets known as Knorr Pasta Sauces. The parma rosa is my sauce of choice. I haven't eaten in about a year, but when I saw them on sale for fifty cents each, I had to grab a few. But my husband HATES this stuff. So I decided to fancy it up a little with a few fresh ingredients. And voila....Semi Homemade "Vodka Sauce" with me.

8 ounces penne, rigatoni, or other ridged macaroni
1 1/4 cups skim milk
1 packet Knorr Parma Rosa sauce mix
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon grated Pecorino Romano cheese
15-20 basil leaves, cut into thin strips

Cook pasta al dente per instructions on the box.

Mix milk and sauce mix together in a saucepan until well-blended. Heat over medium heat and butter. Bring a boil and turn down to a simmer; cook for 4 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and Romano cheese. Cover sauce and turn heat down to low to keep warm until pasta is ready. Add pasta water (1 tablespoon at a time) to thin sauce out if necessary.

Stir sauce and half the basil leaf strips into drained pasta and stir until the pasta is well coated. Garnish each bowl of pasta with remaining basil leaves

Yields 4 servings.

WW info: 7 points per serving.


Brooke said...

I am a huge fan of the Knorr pasta sauces, and parma rosa is my favorite too. I have several packets in my pantry - I think they're a great for a quick meal. I usually toss the sauce with pasta and grilled chicken - done! I have to try your version though!

SARA said...

MH loves the Knorr sauces too! They are so easy to make.
aka Mainecooncat

Anonymous said...

I loooooove the parma rosa. You can make it with no butter and fat-free milk and it's a great creamy sauce without using the extra points!

Kevin Heller said...

Hi -- sounds delicious... but where's the vodka? I just assumed that vodka sauce has vodka in it... no?