Sunday, February 6, 2011

Vodka Sauce (without the guilt)

Healthy Vodka Sauce

I love the rich, creaminess of a traditional Italian vodka sauce. But with upwards of 14 grams of fat per serving, it’s definitely not health food!

So I used silken tofu as a substitute for cream to lighten (and add a boatload or protein!) to to this classic sauce. With just over 5 grams of fat (most of it health mono-saturated) and nearly 4 grams of protein, this rich-tasting sauce will fool even a discerning foodie, and you won’t feel the least bit guilty!

2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tabplespoons EVOO (use a nice fruity one)
1.5 oz vodka
1 jar good quality marinara sauce (I used Dei Fratelli)
7 oz soft tofu (silken or soft)

Sauté shallots in one tablespoon of the EVOO until translucent.

Turn off the heat. Add 1.5 oz of vodka and stir to deglaze pan.

Pour the entire jar of marinara sauce into a blender and add the shallots and vodka from the pan. Add the tofu and a tablespoon of good quality EVOO and process until smooth and creamy.

Pour into a sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes, just to cook off a little of the alcohol and warm through. Adjust seasoning as needed.

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