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Penne alla Vodka — for Andi

December 14th, 2009

Vodka Pasta from Trattoria by Patricia Wells

1/4 cup olive oil
4 plump minced garlic gloves
1/2 tsp red pepper
sea salt
One 28 oz can tomatoes in juice
One pound penne
2 tablespoons vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup snipped Italian Parsley

Combine oil, garlic, pepper and salt and coat with oil. Cook over medium heat until garlic is gold, but not brown. Crush tomatoes into skillet. Simmer, uncovered about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile in 6 quarts of boiling water, add 3 tablespoons salt and cook penne until al dente
Add pasta to tomato sauce. Toss. Add vodka. Toss. Add cream. Toss. Cover, reduce heat to low and let sit 1-2 minutes. Add parsley. Toss. Add to warmed, shallow pasta bowls and serve immediately. Traditionally, cheese is not served with this dish.

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  1. December 14th, 2009 at 12:07 | #1

    Yeah! I discovered this dish while working in Switzerland – since 1/4 of the country is Italian the restaurants even on the French side rock, and I have never tried to make it, but somehow it sounds like a great cold night dish and since it has been so cold and rainy in SF, I am sure it is going to hit the spot!

  2. ellen
    December 14th, 2009 at 14:49 | #2

    Is there a reason not to add parmesan? What’s the rule? Sounds yummy!!

    • December 14th, 2009 at 16:16 | #3

      Ellen,
      I wish I remembered. I’ll have to check in my Marcella Hazen cookbook and see what she says …

  3. December 15th, 2009 at 03:32 | #4

    This looks a-mazing. Can’t wait to make it for my man! The recipes I have been cooking lately where he says, astounded ‘where did you get this from?’ have all come from my favourite blogs! Grazie!

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