Pasta alla Vodka with Salmon!

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I begin studying for the Bar today! After a week long vacation of doing absolutely nothing productive besides making good food, and eating good food around San Diego, the day has dawned and I will embark on this loner journey called studying for the bar. I already envision many anxious sleepless nights freaking out, tons of coffee/caffeine in whatever forms, lots of memorization, a painful right hand as I review and memorize on paper, sore eyes, dark circles. LOL I totally envision aging during this process. Any recommendations of anti-aging cream? I hope to still update this blog of my sanity throughout this process, and I don’t want ya’ll to forget about me when I become MIA!

Italian food is still my favorite food. I LOVE pasta and sauces and anything with tomatoes and basil in it. I have had salmon pasta alla vodka at several Italian places, but the one I remember the most is the creamy, awesome one at Arrivederci in Hillcrest. It is a super cute Italian place – I absolutely LOVE their bread (I get like 5 baskets when I am there) with their awesome tomato sauce dip that leaves you craving for more. Go check it out if you can! It really is so awesome.

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Ingredients

1 filet of salmon, cubed

8 oz (half bag/box) pasta (I used penne), cooked al dente

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 onion, diced

1/3 cup vodka

1 1/3 cup marinara sauce

1/3 cup heavy cream

olive oil

salt and pepper

fresh basil, chopped

1. Pan sear the salmon. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on it. Set aside.

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2. Cook the pasta al dente. Drain and set aside.

3. In a large pan, toast the garlic in olive oil on med-high heat until golden brown and toasty. Add the onions and cook the onions for about 3-4 min.

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4. Add the vodka to the onions, and let vodka simmer down until there is none left.

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5. Add the marinara and stir around. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste. My marinara is pretty salty already so I just sprinkled some pepper. You can add some cayenne pepper if you want it a tad spicy.

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6. Add the heavy cream and let the sauce bubble up a bit.

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7. Add the salmon and pasta and mix.

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8. Serve with freshly chopped basil!

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