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Penne A La Vodka

(Photo by:www.smittenkitchen.com)

 

Another one of my favorite dishes; I usually make this dish at least once a week. But shh, don’t tell my trainer.

 

SERVES: 4

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium shallots, minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can (28 oz) plum tomatoes

1/3 cup vodka (optional)

½ cup heavy cream

½ cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese or parmesan cheese, freshly grated (extra for serving)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

In a large saucepan heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots, pepper, salt and tomato paste. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat.

 

Meanwhile in a large pot bring salted water to a boil. Add the penne pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 8 to 11 minutes. Drain the pasta.

 

While the pasta is cooking, take the saucepan and add the vodka and cream. Return the saucepan to heat. Stir frequently for about 10 minutes.

 

Add the cheese and continue to stir for 2 to 4 minutes. Add the pasta and stir. Serve immediately, with shredded cheese.

Posted by: / June 29, 2010

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