In the Kitchen: Cooking for CASA

WTNH– Director of Resource Development and Fundraising at Children in Placement, Inc. Lynn Curless and Chef Silvio Suppa talk about Cooking for CASA and cook farfalle with vodka sauce.

Cooking for CASA is on May 7, 2014 6-9 pm at The WoodWinds in Branford, CT.

For more information on Children in Placement, Inc. call 203-784-0344 or go to

Chef Silvio’s Farfalle with Vodka Sauce Recipe:

1 pound farfalle (bow-tie pasta)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 large shallots, peeled and finely diced

1 teaspoon garlic, chopped

1 stick butter, cut into slices

6 large ripe plum tomatoes, cut into small cubes

3-4 tops fresh basil, coarsely cut

Salt and pepper to taste

6 ounces vodka

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1 cup marinara sauce

Pinch fresh parsley, finely chopped

Prepare pasta according to directions on package and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add shallots and garlic and lightly saute. Add butter stirring over medium heat until butter is melted and bubbly, then add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Stir and keep cooking until tomatoes are soft, and then mix in the vodka. Add heavy cream and ½ cup of Parmesan cheese and marinara sauce. Stir to almost a boil and then remove from heat before reaching a full boil. Put pasta in a large bowl and pour sauce over it, lightly mixing it together. Top with remaining cheese and parsley.

Chef Silvio suggests serving family style with the bowl of pasta on the table, a loaf of crusty Italian bread with some small dishes of extra-virgin olive oil for dipping. Serves 4-6.

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