Penne Rigatti Ala Vodka

"A very easy recipe to make and is very tasty. Found a recipe similar to this one several years ago and made my own modifications to achieve a nice flavor. This recipe doubles very well, but be careful when igniting the Vodka. I suggest that the Vodka and cayenne pepper be burned in separte batches, then combine together before continuing with the recipe."
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  • In a pasta pot or a large cooking pot, fill 3/4 full with water and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Add 1 tablespoon salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add pasta and cook uncovered for about 12 minutes or until el dente'.
  • In the meantime, in a medium size frying pan, heat Vodka and cayenne pepper until near boiling.
  • CAREFULLY light the Vodka using a long stick match and let the alcohol burn off.
  • Soon as the alcohol burns out, add the milk, heavy cream and ketchup.
  • Simmer until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add 1/4 cup of grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and stir to blend.
  • Cook for 2 minutes longer.
  • Drain pasta well and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Pour sauce mixture over and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and mix lightly.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. Very easy to make, and would definately make again. The vodka sauce is cooked and ready by the time the pasta is cooked.
  2. I have made this several times and my family just loves it. We are a family of 5 so I double the recipe plus any leftovers never last!!!


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