The recipe also calls for vodka, heavy cream, fresh parsley, garlic and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and, of course, penne pasta. Lidia recommends using tomatoes from San Marzano, which I found in my local Shop-Rite. They are just under $4 for a 35 oz. can. They also had Lidia's pasta on sale for $0.99 per box, which is a great price. The heavy cream at Wegmans is just under $3 for an 8 ounce container.It was such an easy recipe to prepare. I looked into purchasing a container at the Pastosa store in Cranford and it was about $9 or $10 for a container that should cover one to two pounds of pasta. Doubling Lidia's recipe would cover two to three pounds.
For a main course, instead of ham, I'm serving Roast Pork with Beer Sauce. This is another Gourmet Magazine recipe that I haven't made in years. For sides, I'm preparing both white potatoes and yams, asparagus and, by special request from my husband, beets.
Dessert is a fresh fruit platter from my sister-in-law and I'm making a Williams-Sonoma box mix of Molten Center Red Lava cakes....yum!
So whether you need to bring a main course or a salad to your gathering, give one of these recipes a try. Have a blessed Easter or Happy Passover.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.