Penne with Vodka Sauce
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (28oz) whole peeled tomatoes with juice
  • 3 tbl tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/3c vodka
  • coarse salt
  • 1/2c heavy cream
  • 1 pound penne
  1. In a med saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add tomatoes and their juice, breaking tomatoes up with a spoon.
  2. Stir in tomato paste, sugar, vodka, and 3/4c water. Season with salt. Simmer over med heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickend, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in cream, cook until just heated through - do not boil.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water. Drain, return to pot.
  4. Add sauce to pasta, toss and serve sprinkled with Parmesan.
I am on a continual search for really good pasta recipes. This is one of my favorites.