Barilla Heart Pasta with Vodka Sauce

This vodka sauce recipe is made with Tomatoes, chili flakes, garlic, onion, vodka, and heavy cream.

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This is a twist on our deliciously classic vodka pasta recipe featuring Barilla Heart Shaped Love Pasta. We added savory pancetta to the ingredient list for this dish to provide the perfect crunch, but you can easily make it without depending on your tastes and preferences! Cooking Tip: Vodka is used in this sauce, but it is simmered along with the heavy cream, cooking off the alcohol in the dish.

Ingredients 6 Number of Servings

1 box Barilla Heart Shaped Love Pasta (or Barilla pasta shape of choice)

1 yellow onion, small diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

3 tbsp tomato paste or 3 Roma Tomatoes, diced 

¾ cup vodka

¾ cup heavy cream

¼ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

1 tbsp parsley chopped for garnish

Salt black pepper, to taste

[optional: 4 oz pancetta]

[optional: ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes]

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, cook Barilla Love Heart Shaped pasta according to package directions.

  • Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat add olive oil and pancetta [if using]; cook until crispy.

  • Add onion, and garlic, season with salt and pepper, sauté until onions are soft, 2-3 minutes.

  • Add vodka to skillet, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

  • Add tomatoes or tomato paste and optional chili flakes for a touch of heat; cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.

  • Stir in heavy cream until the sauce is beautifully pink.

  • Drain pasta and add to the sauce. Mix well and top with remaining cheese. Garnish with parsley.

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