A question about a recipe: Penne alla Vodka

I have a question about the recipe "Penne alla Vodka" from DueSpaghetti. Instead of trying to mill whole tomatoes when I don't have a mill, can I substitute the same size can of tomato puree or crushed tomatoe?

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Penne alla Vodka
Recipe question for: Penne alla Vodka


Shauna M. December 21, 2015
I used passata and it worked really well. If you want more texture crushed tomatoes would be fune
SMSF January 22, 2015
The first time I made this, I milled canned whole tomatoes. The next time, I used crushed tomatoes in heavy puree, no milling. Both were delicious! I slightly preferred the crushed tomatoes but it will be great either way. This is a fantastic recipe!
DueSpaghetti January 22, 2015
Thanks for your question. We agree with using crushed tomatoes over puree. As another person mentioned, you can blend the tomatoes in a blender or food processor first if you want smooth sauce. If you don't mind chunks, use them as is. Good luck!
Pegeen January 21, 2015
Yes. It calls for smooth tomato sauce, so tomato puree should be fine. Penne Alla Vodka typically has a smooth sauce, no chunks. But I like chunks myself so for me, crushed tomatoes would be fine too. You might need to include a little juice from that can if you used crushed tomatoes, but go slowly with adding that.
keg72 January 21, 2015
I'd use crushed tomatoes. You also can blitz whole peeled tomatoes with some juice in a food processor.
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