Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Penne Alla Vodka

Recipe I borrowed from Julie's Foodie. Very delicious, but I think I would almost double the sauce next time I make it.

Penne Alla Vodka

5 large tomatoes or a 14.5 oz can, drained
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup vodka
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 lb. penne
1/2 cup heavy cream
Leaves from 3 or 4 large fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, coarsely chopped

Peel and seed the tomatoes, then cut them into small dice. If the tomatoes are very juicy, drain them for about 10 minutes in a colander. Set aside.

In a large fry pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté until just starting to turn golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the stovetop and add the vodka.

Return the pan to medium heat and cook until reduced by half. Add the tomatoes, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt the boiling water, add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender but firm to the bite), 10 to 12 minutes. Drain well and add the pasta to the fry pan. Add the cream and cook, stirring, over medium heat until the pasta is well coated with the sauce, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Pour into a warmed large, shallow bowl. Add the parsley and toss briefly. Serve immediately.

Serves: 8

We also cubed and seasoned some chicken with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and mixed it in with the pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 307Calories from fat 120
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13.3g20%
Saturated Fat 3.2g16%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 171mg7%
Total Carbs 36.1g12%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugars 3.0g
Protein 7.6g
Vitamin A 23%Vitamin C 26%
Calcium 3%Iron 13%


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