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    Penne alla vodka

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    45 mins

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    1. 1
      Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in an 8-quart pot over high heat.
    2. 2
      Pour the tomatoes and their liquid into the work bowl of a food processor.
    3. 3
      Using quick on/off pulses, process the tomatoes just until they are finely chopped.
    4. 4
      (Longer processing will aerate the tomatoes, turning them pink.) Stir the penne into the boiling water.
    5. 5
      Bring the water back to a boil, stirring frequently.
    6. 6
      Cook the pasta, semi-covered, stirring occasionally, until done, 8 to 10 minutes.
    7. 7
      Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    8. 8
      Whack the garlic cloves with the side of a knife and add them to the hot oil.
    9. 9
      Cook, shaking the skillet, until the garlic is lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
    10. 10
      Lower the work bowl with the tomatoes close to the skillet and carefully slide the tomatoes into the pan.
    11. 11
      Bring to a boil, season lightly with salt and generously with crushed red pepper, and boil 2 minutes.
    12. 12
      Pour in the vodka, lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer, and simmer until the pasta is ready.
    13. 13
      Just before the pasta is done, fish the garlic cloves out of the sauce and pour in the cream.
    14. 14
      Add the 2 tablespoons butter or oil, if using, and swirl the skillet to incorporate into the sauce.
    15. 15
      If the skillet is large enough to accommodate the sauce and pasta, fish the pasta out of the boiling water with a large wire skimmer and drop it directly into the sauce in the skillet.
    16. 16
      If not, drain the pasta, return it to the pot, and pour in the sauce.
    17. 17
      Bring the sauce and pasta to a boil, stirring to coat the pasta with sauce.
    18. 18
      Check the seasoning, adding salt and red pepper if necessary.
    19. 19
      Sprinkle the parsley over the pasta and boil until the sauce is reduced enough to cling to the pasta.
    20. 20
      Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cheese over the pasta, and toss to mix.
    21. 21
      Serve immediately, passing additional cheese if you like.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 04, 2003


      Fantastic recipe! We found it to be very flavorable.

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    • on October 22, 2004


      Oh Oh Oh, This is to die for! Creamy! I had lost my own version of this, and was terribly upset, but this fits the bill nicely! I used lots of red pepper flakes and 1 full cup freshly-grated parmesan. I also replaced 1/2 cup tomato liquid for another 1/2 cup vodka. A keeper!

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    Nutritional Facts for Penne alla vodka

    Serving Size: 1 (300 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 552.6
    Calories from Fat 223
    Total Fat 24.8 g
    Saturated Fat 10.2 g
    Cholesterol 44.5 mg
    Sodium 190.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 69.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.4 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 11.6 g

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