Recipe by Mirj
This is one of those pasta recipes where the pasta really takes a back seat to the sauce. The sauce really is amazing, or as one of my kids would say, "Killer!"
Top Review by Dr. Jenny
DH and I enjoyed this easy, tasty recipe for lunch today. I liked that it contained ingredients that I typically have on hand and it was good comfort food for a cold day like today in Michigan. I used canned tomatoes, and made no modifications to the recipe. I liked the kick from the hot pepper flakes, the creaminess of the sauce, and the fresh parsley. This was very simple, but good. Thanks for posting. I would make this again.
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ripe fresh tomatoes or 1 1⁄2 lbs canned tomatoes, drained
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
- 1 lb dried penne
- 15 sprigs Italian parsley, leaves only
- 2 tablespoons vodka
- 1 cup heavy cream
- coarse salt
Directions See How It's Made
- Coarsely chop the garlic.
- Find a sauce pan or skillet that will be large enough for all the cooked pasta and sauce at the end.
- Heat the oil the saucepan over medium heat and when the oil is warm add the chopped garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
- If using fresh tomatoes, cut them into 1-inch pieces.
- Add the fresh or canned tomatoes to the pan and cook for 20 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the red pepper flakes.
- Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, place the pan with the sauce over low heat and let it simmer while you cook the pasta.
- Add coarse salt to the boiling water, then add the pasta and cook for 8 to 11 minutes.
- How long it cooks really depends on the brand of pasta.
- You should let it go for 1 minute less than for normal al dente.
- Meanwhile, coarsely chop the parsley.
- Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the tomato sauce.
- Add the vodka, mix very well, and raise the heat to medium.
- Saute for 1 minute, stirring the pasta vigorously with a wooden spoon.
- Add the cream, and taste for salt and pepper.
- Mix for 30 seconds to allow the cream to get well absorbed into the pasta, then sprinkle on the parsley.
- Transfer pasta to a serving dish, and serve immediately.