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Review: KitchenAid Best-Loved Recipes

January 16, 2010
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When I received KitchenAid Best-Loved Recipes, I was expecting all the recipes in it to require a stand mixer.  I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong!  A first glance through this cookbook revealed well laid out chapters, nice pictures and a good variety of recipes. There is a history of the KitchenAid stand mixer as well as a glossary of cooking terms in the front of the cookbook.  I only have one small complaint with this book – there isn’t a picture included with every recipe.

The first recipe that caught my eye was for Quick Breakfast Empanadas.  Carl’s the breakfast chef around here, though, and he hasn’t had a chance to try them yet.  I decided to try the recipe for Pasta with Creamy Vodka Sauce.  The directions were clear and easy to follow, and the sauce was quick and simple to create.  We both thought it was delicious and a recipe to make again.  Here’s the recipe:

6 ounces uncooked campanelle or bowtie pasta

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped (I used 5)

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons vodka

½ cup whipping cream

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons snipped chives

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan.  Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.  Add tomatoes and garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add vodka; simmer 2 minutes or until most liquid has evaporated.
  2. Stir in cream, salt and red pepper flakes; return to simmer.  Simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat; let stand 2 minutes.  Stir in cheese until melted.
  3. Add sauce and chives to pasta; toss until pasta is well coated.  Serve immediately.

I won this book in a contest on Read Street.

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31 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2010 6:15 am

    I cannot resist a good pasta recipe, and this sounds SO good!

  2. January 16, 2010 6:25 am

    Sounds (and looks) like a book with great recipes. Congrats on the win!

  3. January 16, 2010 7:05 am

    Wow. That sounds great. I’ll have to take a look at this book next time I’m at the library or bookstore.

  4. January 16, 2010 7:43 am

    Oooh, I am a sucker for pasta! (Hence my need for the Game On diet.) I love my KitchenAid mixer. I have the pasta maker attachment, the meat grinder attachment, and the ice cream maker. I’ll have to take a look at this book the next time I’m in the bookstore!

  5. January 16, 2010 9:01 am

    Looks like a great pasta dish! Going to give this one a try for sure.

  6. January 16, 2010 9:03 am

    It’s good to know that this book isn’t all stand mixer recipes–I always thought it was! Thanks for reviewing, I will have to check it out!

  7. January 16, 2010 9:04 am

    I love pasta! Thanks for the recipe – I think I’m going to try it.

  8. January 16, 2010 9:08 am

    Looks delicious!! I want a KitchenAid mixer!!

  9. January 16, 2010 9:17 am

    I’d have to make that on my day off for Game on, but Matt would absolutely love it!!!

  10. January 16, 2010 9:28 am

    Love my KitchenAid mixer, but need more attachments! The pasta recipe looks delicious.

  11. January 16, 2010 9:30 am

    The pasta looks yummy – even at 9:30 in the morning! I too like a picture with my every recipe – maybe we don’t have good visualization skills?

    I see you are reading Little Giant…I’ve heard such good things about it – I’ve got it waiting.

  12. January 16, 2010 10:05 am

    I love my KitchenAid…I love the grinder attachment and I really need to try my pasta maker attachment…and this recipe. Sound yummy. But then I have never found a pasta recipe I don’t like.

  13. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 16, 2010 10:30 am

    Just from the cover I nerver would have guessed that you didn’t need the mixer for all the recipes. That pasta looks and sounds yummy. Hope the empanandas are just as good.

  14. January 16, 2010 10:31 am

    I learned a new word – campanelle. I like the blending of the flavors in this recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  15. January 16, 2010 10:39 am

    This is great to have – that’s my husband’s favorite dish, but usually we just get it at a restaurant!

  16. January 16, 2010 11:02 am

    Oh. I love pasta. And I’ve always wondered what vodka sauce tasted like. I’ll have to try this one. Thanks!

  17. January 16, 2010 12:22 pm

    Vodka! I’ll definitely have to try this recipe!

  18. January 16, 2010 3:58 pm

    Looks yummy! And what a pretty dish! 🙂

  19. January 16, 2010 4:32 pm

    I’ve not heard of a vodka sauce before. neat idea.

  20. January 16, 2010 5:38 pm

    I think the breakfast empanadas would have caught my eye as well. I’m glad you noted that not all recipes require a stand mixer. I don’t have one and might have passed on this book because of it.

  21. January 16, 2010 5:44 pm

    I love my Kitchen Aid mixer and really need to use it more. This recipe sounds very good. I love cookbooks and finding new recipes.

  22. January 16, 2010 7:19 pm

    I’m going to have to see if our library has that book. I have a bad habit of reading cookbooks but not actually cooking from them so I like to borrow before buying if possible 🙂

  23. January 16, 2010 7:46 pm

    Sounds like a yummy recipe to try!

  24. January 16, 2010 8:58 pm

    My mother always had a Kitchen Aid stand-up mixer and she used it for so many things! We never had their cookbook, though. Thanks for sharing the recipe, it looks delicious!

  25. January 17, 2010 12:12 am

    I am sadly, not an owner of a kitchen Aid. But that recipe looks to die for just thinking about it is making my tummy grumble! After reading my post, you will see that I am on a pasta bent right now!
    *smiles*

  26. January 17, 2010 11:24 am

    I don’t own a Kitchen Aid either, but I love me a good vodka sauce. Sounds delicious.

  27. January 17, 2010 12:35 pm

    This book sounds perfect for me and that pasta sounds so yummy. I do have a stand mixer and I love it!

  28. January 18, 2010 3:56 pm

    I would expect that a book with this title would be completely filled with recipes for the mixer, but I guess it’s cool that it has other things in it too. I have wanted a Kitchen-Aid mixer for a couple of years now, but I think I am going to have to wait for next Christmas before I get one!

  29. January 18, 2010 7:34 pm

    I make Rachael Ray’s version of this (her “you won’t be single for long” sauce), and it’s pretty similar…and delicious!

  30. January 18, 2010 9:35 pm

    The vodka sauce in our house comes from a jar … but I think I could manage this recipe, thanks for sharing it.

    I don’t have a stand mixer. Each time I mix something messy with my hand mixer (and get splatters everywhere) I wonder if I should get one … then I think “where would I store it?!”

  31. January 19, 2010 1:10 pm

    That looks good to me, though I’m not a fan of vodka sauce. I hope you’ll report about the Empanadas because I’m always looking for new breakfast foods to try

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