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Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce Recipe

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This recipe for Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce, by , is from Family Favorites from the Albis and Caruso Homes, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Michael Albis
Added: Wednesday, October 17, 2007


½ cup extra virgin olive oil
small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 32-oz. cans crushed tomatoes
4-6 fresh basil leaves
2 dried bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar (optional)

½ cup of vodka
½ cup heavy cream, at room temperature
½ cup grated Parmesan

1.5 lbs. of penne for single batch, 3 lbs. for double batch

First make tomato sauce using the Basic Tomato Sauce ingredients above (makes about 2 quarts of sauce).

Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent (about 2 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. Add
tomatoes, basil and bay leaves. Add sugar if desired. Cover and simmer for one hour or until thick. Remove bay leaves.

Pour sauce, half at a time, into a food processor and process until smooth.

Turn the basic sauce into vodka sauce using the final Ingredients above. (For each quart of the basic sauce – which is enough for about 1.5 pounds of pasta - use the final Ingredients as listed. For three pounds of pasta use all the basic sauce and double the final Ingredients).

Add vodka to basic sauce and simmer over low heat in heavy skillet until the mixture reduces by ¼, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Stir the cream into the sauce and simmer over low heat until the sauce is heated through. Stir in Parmesan cheese until melted and well blended.

Cook penne pasta per instructions on package (al dente) and pour sauce over cooked pasta.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
1.5 lbs. of pasta: 4-6; 3.0 lbs. of pasta: 10-12
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1.5 hours




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