Penne Vodka


I spent the weekend unpacking, organizing and settling back in at home after our Summer in San Diego. Normally, our Sunday night dinner tradition usually consists of picking up Italian or Chinese takeout. But for our first Sunday back, I wanted to make a home cooked, Italian dish – Penne Vodka. The epitome of comfort food and the ideal warm and hearty “welcome back” meal.



*Serves 4-6 (we’ll be re-heating this throughout the week since we have a bunch left over)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
A pinch of hot pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
½ cup of plain vodka
1 28 oz can of Italian crushed tomatoes
½ cup of heavy cream
Fresh basil
¼ cup fresh grated parmiggiano reggiano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound of uncooked Penne pasta



1. In a non stick pan over medium heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil for 5 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Then add hot pepper flakes, dried oregano and stir to combine. Add the vodka and cook for several minutes (until reduced by half)

2. Add the whole can of crushed tomatoes and reduce the heat to low. Add a lid (but don’t cover all the way, leave a small space uncovered) for 45 minutes. Give a quick stir about every 10 or so minutes.

3. After the 45 minutes, season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste and add the heavy cream. Turn the heat up to medium and let it cook uncovered for 8 to 9 minutes.

4.  Add in a few fresh basil leaves and grated parm cheese. Stir together. Turn heat off.

5. Cook your pasta in salted boiling water and drain. Add to sauce. Combine all together and serve!


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September 8 2013

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