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Penne Pasta with Vodka Tomato Sauce

Serves 4
Vodka marries the rich flavors of tomato and cream in this classic pasta sauce. Serve with a salad and Italian sausages, pan-fried steak or seafood for a quick meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Metropolitan Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Metropolitan Market Tomato Sauce
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream or half-and-half
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 box (8 oz) Metropolitan Market penne pasta
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan, Asiago, or Pecorino cheese, grated, divided

Directions:

  1. Place a medium, deep skillet over medium-low heat. Add olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minutes. Stir in vodka and tomato sauce and simmer over low heat 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in cream, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm while cooking pasta.
  3. Cook penne in a large pot of boiling, salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup water. Drain.
  4. Place pasta in a large serving bowl. Toss with tomato sauce, basil and 1/2 cup cheese. Add pasta water if needed.
  5. Serve warm, sprinkled with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

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