Serves a Crowd

Penne alla Vodka

April  7, 2022
1 Ratings
Photo by The Delightful Cook
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • serves 6
Author Notes

Simple and delicious penne alla vodka is the perfect dinner date! —The Delightful Cook

What You'll Need
  • 500 grams dried penne pasta
  • 80 milliliters good quality vodka
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 250 milliliters heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese + extra for serving
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 20 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper season
  • Handful of basil leaves for serving
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and shallots and cook for 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add tomato paste and red pepper flakes and cook for a further 5 minutes. Increase the heat and pour in vodka, giving it a generous stir to infuse the flavours. Reduce the heat to low, pour in the creame and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  3. Bring a pot of water to the boil, add salt and cook the penne until al dente. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of pasta water, drain pasta and set aside.
  4. Turn the heat back on to low, add the cooked pasta to the sauce, grated parmesan cheese, mozzarella and stir to combine. Pour a little pasta water at a time and gently stir to help create the silky sauce.
  5. Serve in pasta bowls with extra grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

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