Zesty Vodka Pasta

By • July 7, 2010 • 1 Comments



Author Notes: This vegetarian recipe was just something that I came up with when I had a lot of fresh veggies and a really good bottle of Vodka Tomato sauce. I like to cook half of the onions but reserve some uncooked at the end to give the pasta an extra dimension. You can add any additional ingredients (cooked meat, fresh or cooked veggies, olives, etc.) to this basic recipe.RettaMae

Serves 4-6

  • 8 ounces Whole Foods Penne Rigate Pasta
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 3 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Chopped sweet onion (hold 1/4 cup in reserve)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup Chopped celery
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Ground cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
  • To Taste, Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 quart Vodka Pasta Sauce (Bertolli)
  • 1 cup Diced tomato
  • 2 tablespoons Capers
  • 1/4 cup Diced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Grated parmesan or asiago cheese
  1. Cook 8 ounces of pasta according to directions on the box.
  2. Melt olive oil and butter in a medium sized skillet.
  3. Saute minced garlic, sweet onion, red bell pepper and celery in skillet until translucent - then add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to taste.
  4. Once pasta is drained - add to skillet: vegetables, Vodka sauce, salt, pepper, tomatoes, uncooked onions, and capers - mix well over a low heat until warm.
  5. Finish with fresh basil and cheese. Enjoy!
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Stringio

about 4 years ago MareAnn

Like the fresh mixed with cooked veggies... yum!