Chef Gianluca Deiana Abis: Penne Alla Vodka Pasta
Prep. time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes Difficulty: 1 out of 5 Serve: 4
16 ounces penne pasta
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp garlic
28 oz can of Italian style whole tomatoes
1/4 cup vodka
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for serving
chopped parsley qb
First cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft. Place the tomatoes in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the tomato puree into the pan. Add the vodka. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes over medium low heat or until alcohol will cook off. Stir in the heavy cream and parmesan cheese and simmer for another 5 minutes or until thickened. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley and parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Make sure you let the sauce simmer for long enough so that the alcohol will cook off. If you don’t do it, you may end up with a harsh aftertaste from the alcohol.