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This Vodka sauce recipe is made with tomato paste, crushed chili flakes, garlic, onion, vodka and heavy cream. 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 8 Number of Servings

  • 1 box Barilla® Penne
  • 1 yellow onion, small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½  tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼  cup vodka
  • ¾  cup heavy cream
  • ¼  cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated, divided
  • Parsley or Basil, chopped for garnish
  • Salt black pepper, to taste
 
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Instructions

  • In a skillet over med-high heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, onion, and garlic. Cook for 3-5 min. or until onion is translucent. 
  • Add crushed red pepper and tomato paste, stirring and cooking for an additional minute.
  • Add vodka and reduce alcohol. Season, add heavy cream, and bring to a simmer.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Reserving ½ cup of pasta cooking water, drain pasta and add to the sauce. 
  • Add ½ cup of pasta cooking water, mix well. Remove skillet from the heat; add ½ of the cheese and toss well.
  • Garnish with remaining cheese, remaining olive oil and herbs.

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