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Linguine with Vodka Sauce

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2 teaspoons olive oil

1 cup frozen diced or chopped onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 cup vodka

1 large, ripe tomato or 3 plum tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup clam juice

3/4 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1/2 cup basil leaves torn into small pieces

1/4 pound fresh linguine

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Place a large saucepan filled with 4 to 5 quarts of water on to boil. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute 1 minute. Add garlic and saute another minute. Add vodka, raise heat and reduce by half, about 2 minutes. Add tomato and clam juice. Cover and cook gently without boiling for 1 minute.

Add shrimp and cook, covered, 1 minute. Mix cornstarch with cream and add to the skillet. Stir and cook 1 to 2 minutes to thicken the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into large serving bowl and add basil. Place linguine in boiling water and boil 2 minutes. Strain and toss with sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 666 calories (21 percent from fat), 15.8 g fat (5.7 g saturated, 5.9 g monounsaturated), 282 mg cholesterol, 46.7 g protein, 59.3 g carbohydrates, 4.8 g fiber, 627 mg sodium.

From: The Miami Herald.