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Penne With Vodka

Penne With Vodka

Southern Living SEPTEMBER 2006

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Cook time:25 Minutes
  • Prep time:20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked penne or ziti pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup vodka*
  • 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cracked black pepper to taste

Preparation

1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Melt butter with oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes. Add red pepper. Remove from heat; stir in vodka. Return to heat; simmer 5 minutes.

3. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, and basil; simmer 5 minutes.

4. Stir in cream and salt; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in pasta; cook 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper, and toss. Serve immediately.

*Chicken broth may be substituted.

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