Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Penne alla Vodka...

Penne alla Vodka

You will need:
cutting board
2 saucepan
chefs knife

°1 (28ox) can whole tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
°2 tbs olive oil
°1/2 small onion minced (about 1/4 C)
°1 tbs tomato paste
°2 medium garlic cloves minced
°1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
°1/3 C vodka
°1/2 C heavy cream
°1 lb penne pasta
°2 tbs finely chopped fresh basil
°grated parmesan for serving

1. Puree half of the tomatoes in food processor until smooth. Dice remaining tomatoes into 1/2 inch pieces, discarding cores. Combine pureed tomatoes and diced tomatoes in liquid measuring cup add reserved liquid to equal 2 cups.

2. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Add onion and tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are light golden around the edges, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and pepper flakes; cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

3. Stir in tomatoes and 1/2 tsp salt. Remove pan from heat and add vodka. Return pan to medium-high heat and simmer briskly until alcohol flavor is cooked off, 8 to 10 minutes; stir frequently and lower heat to medium if simmering becomes to vigorous. Stir in cream and cook until hot, about 1 minute.

4. Add pasta sauce to penne pasta that has been cooked to al dente. Stir in basil and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, top with fresh parmesan.

Recipe originally found from Life and Kitchen.

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