Monday, December 10, 2007

Penne alla Vodka

I have had this in restaurants before but have never made it at home. OMG was it good. This one is permanently on our list of favourites.

Pepper added by Joey - NONE!

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons reserved
1/3 cup chopped shallot
2 gloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
28 oz crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup vodka
1/2 cup cream (I used half and half)
1/4 cup chopped chives, plus a bit more for garnish
Salt and pepper
Parmesan for garnish

1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add penne when ready
2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until they have softened
3. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking for about 2 minutes
4. Add tomato paste and increase to medium-high
5. Stir in tomatoes and 1/2 tsp salt
6. Remove pan from heat and add vodka
7. Return pan to stove and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently
8. Stir in cream and chives and cook until hot (about 2 minutes)
9. Stir in 2 tsp olive oil and remove from heat
10. Add pasta sauce to the penne and toss. Season with salt and pepper.
11. Add chives and parmesan

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