Penne alla VodkaSubmitted by: CHEFGIRL00
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1 28-oz can whole tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
2T olive oil
1/2 small onion, minced - about 1/4 cup
1T tomato paste
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
dash of salt
1/3 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 pound penne pasta
Grated parmesan cheese, for serving
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are light golden around edges, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and pepper flakes; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in tomatoes and dash of salt. Remove pan from heat and add vodka. Return pan to medium-high heat and simmer briskly until alcohol flavor is cooked off, 8-10 minutes; stir frequently and lower heat to medium if simmering becomes too vigorous. Stir in cream and cook until hot, about 1 minute.
Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven over high heat. Add dash of salt and pasta. Cook until just shy of al dente, then drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water, and transfer pasta back to Dutch oven. Add sauce to pasta and toss over medium heat until pasta absorbs some of sauce, 1-2 minutes, adding reserved cooking water if sauce is too thick. Stir in basil and adjust seasoning with salt. Divide among pasta bowls and serve immediately, passing Parmesan separately.
Number of Servings: 4
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user CHEFGIRL00.