Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst  

Simple and delicious, Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce is perfect with a simple salad and a glass of red.

Yield: Makes 4 entrée servings or 8 side dish servings
Recipe from Coastal Living

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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces uncooked penne or other short pasta
  • 4 pancetta slices or thick bacon slices
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Garnishes: Parmesan cheese shavings, fresh basil leaves

Preparation

  1. 1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta, and drain on paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.
  3. 3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in oil, shallots, garlic, and red pepper; sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until shallots are tender.
  4. 4. Stir in vodka; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in stock and next 4 ingredients, and simmer 15 more minutes.
  5. 5. Reduce heat to low; stir in cream, basil, and pancetta. Cook 2 minutes or until heated through. (Do not boil.) Spoon pasta into serving bowls; top with sauce. Garnish, if desired.
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