You may have noticed that pasta rarely makes an appearance on this blog, but thanks to fresh tomatoes that are locally grown, we couldn’t resist a whole-wheat pasta dish with some homemade sauce. This vodka sauce is delicious and much, much better than anything that comes in a jar.
1 clove garlic, minced $0.10
1/4 leek, finely chopped $0.06
1/2 medium onion $0.20
1 ounce vodka $0.30
1 large tomato $0.75
4 good-sized basil leaves $free (from your herb garden!)
1 cup chicken stock $0.04
1 tablespoon olive oil $0.10
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan $1.00
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes $0.05
Salt and pepper, to taste $free (ish)
Total cost: $2.60
Dice the onion, and saute the onion, garlic, and leeks with the tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan/saucier over medium-low heat. Cook until the onions are translucent, approximately 5-7 minutes, and then add the red pepper flakes. While these are on the stove, go ahead and dice your tomato.
Add the vodka to the pan, let this simmer off and then add the chicken stock and the tomato. Finely chop two of the basil leaves and add them in the pot. Simmer until the sauce is reduced by about half, or until it looks like the consistency that you want to have on your pasta. Add the cheese (which will thicken it up a bit) and salt and pepper.
Serve over your pasta of choice and ENJOY!