Italian Pasta Recipes

PENNE ALLA VODKA (PENNE IN VODKA SAUCE)

An Italian classic.

One of the most famous and easy Italian dish!

 

 

SERVINGS: 4

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 oz Penne rigate
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • shallot, minced
  • garlic cloves, smashed
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1 can (14 oz.) tomato purée
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • coarse salt, optional
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (If you want spicy version)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

 

METHOD

1.  Prepare pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 to 1 ½ cups of pasta water.

2.  Add olive oil to a large pan, sauté shallots and garlic over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes; or, until shallots are translucent (do not burn garlic). 

3.  Add vodka, stir, and allow to reduce 3 to 4 minutes.

4.  Stir in tomato puree and heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to low and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.
Add more if you prefer a spicier sauce.

5.  Add cooked pasta to sauce over low heat, adding reserved pasta water a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.

6.  Remove from heat.  If desired, add more salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

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