Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
From Cooking Light.
- 1⁄2 lb uncooked penne pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1⁄2 cup vodka
- 1⁄4 cup reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1⁄4 cup whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add vodka; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by about half. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes.
- Place tomato mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Process until smooth.
- Return tomato mixture to pan; stir in cream. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked pasta, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and basil. Serve immediately.
A delicious vodka sauce recipe with a kick of heat! Like another reviewer, I used only 1/4 cup of vodka and increased the broth to 1/2 cup, and I thought the flavors were great. Take note that the 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes is PLENTY, even for those who like spicy foods. For those with more sensitive stomachs, I'd definitely cut this down to 1/8 tsp. Overall, both DH and I loved it, and I'll definitely be making it again!
Wow, I made this for Valentine's dinner for my hubby and I tonight. He kept going on about it being better then at a restaurant. I didn't have fresh basil and used dried. It was fantastic and easy. Definitely going into my monthly meal rotation. It was so much better then the jarred stuff I have bought in the past. Thanks for an awesome recipe. It was lower calorie as well!!! :) Toasted ciabatta bread with butter and garlic salt to go with it. Literally wiped the plate clean to get every last bit of sauce on the bread.
Served this for Valentine's party- everyone loved it!