Vodka Penne Pasta - (Free Recipe below)


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  • YIELD: 4-6 servings
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • ½ cup vodka

  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • Generous pinch of red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons slivered fresh basil, plus additional for serving

  • 1 pound penne pasta

  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving

  • 1

    Cook pasta in well salted water until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of cooking water, drain pasta and set aside.

  • 2

    While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, about a minute more. Stir in tomatoes and their juices. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and stir in the tomato paste and vodka. Cook until most of the alcohol has evaporated, at least 5 minutes.

    Stir in cream, red pepper flakes and salt. Bring to a a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook sauce until thickened, about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Stir in basil and cheese.

  • 3

    Add pasta to skillet and toss to coat, adding pasta water as needed to thin the sauce. Serve topped with additional basil and parmesan.