This delicious Barilla Penne Alla Vodka pasta 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. Try this popular quick & easy Penne Alla Vodka today!
Ingredients 5 Number of Servings
1 small yellow onion, diced
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
- 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 with salt and pepper, add heavy cream, and bring to a simmer.
- Meanwhile, cook Barilla Penne Rigate 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.