How to make homemade vodka sauce and pasta: “Simple Pasta” recipe

When a trip to Italy was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Williams instead escaped by making pasta, laying the groundwork for a cookbook she didn’t yet know she was writing. . “I always knew I wanted my second cookbook to be a savory cookbook, but it was my editor who saw me making pasta on Instagram and commented, ‘Wow, you look like that it’s so easy, you making pasta on a Wednesday night?’”

From there, the idea of simple pasta just clicked. Even though Italy was far away, the pasta was present. “Even though I couldn’t travel in my head or my imagination, pasta allowed me to kind of escape, fantasize and indulge myself.” Williams found herself sheltered on Fire Island with her family and friends, reveling in a summer of fresh pasta and wine. The manuscript and the recipes of simple pasta just sank.

Although the cookbook offers simple recipes, that doesn’t mean that Williams didn’t delve into its ingredients and technique. It just means that the recipes are forgiving and the results will be good, even if they weren’t executed perfectly. “It’s like a cake box, you know?” she says. “It’s really just about adding wet to dry.”

That includes his vodka sauce recipe, a classic staple that comes together quickly, especially if you opt for store-bought pasta. “Vodka sauce is one of those things that people have eaten a lot, whether in restaurants or supermarkets, but never made themselves,” Williams says. “And once you’ve done that, you’re going to be like, ‘Oh my God, is that it? And you’ll never order it in a restaurant again.

Just be sure to cook the vodka thoroughly, which Williams admits her daughter hasn’t done once by mistake, resulting in a bitter, boozy sauce.

For those afraid to try their hand at making fresh pasta, Williams is encouraging. “Honestly, it’s so easy. And the other thing too is that it gives you so much pleasure to eat your own fresh pasta,” she says. But if you’re too intimidated, her recipes offer alternatives that include dry pasta. After all, the heart of the book is simplicity.

“I’m so, so grateful to have had this experience with this delightful subject,” Williams said. “I think, ‘Well, if I had it, I hope somebody else can have it too.’ Because yes, it’s about pasta, but really, it’s about fun and finding our way in life.