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Old 02-20-2020, 05:10 PM   #1
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Help, Penne Rutstica

We have missionaries from our church over for dinner at least once per month. I always ask what they would like me to make, as I can cook virtually anything they ask for, if the ingredients are available.

I will be making them dinner shortly after the third of March. They asked for Penne Rustica. This isn't a difficult dish to make, except that every version of this dish that I have seen uses Marsala wine in the recipe. I don't use any kind of alcohol, even though the alcohol cooks out, as it puts a bottle of alcoholic beverage in my home, which is not in keeping with my religious beliefs.

Does anyone have a substitute for the Marsala that would give a similar flavor? Thanks.

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Old 02-20-2020, 05:25 PM   #2
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Here's what I found from Food52:

"Marsala wine does have a distinct flavor, however you can try this as a non-alcohol substitute: you can use this non-alcoholic substitute:
1/4 cup of white grape juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar"

I haven't tried this myself, but you could do a trial run and test it out on the family … that's my two cents for what it's worth
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Old 02-20-2020, 05:33 PM   #3
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Didn't we just have a conversation about people wanting to use a wine other than Marsala to make chicken Marsala? It's a unique wine, so I don't think there's a substitute that will have a similar flavor.

You could try this, but I have no idea how similar it is.

1/4 cup of white grape juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
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Old 02-21-2020, 01:02 PM   #4
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Chief, here's a recipe for a copy of the signature dish from Macaroni Grill.

Since this particular recipe only calls for a very small amount of Marsala wine, I'd just leave it out.

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