Monday, February 27, 2006

Pasta in Vodka Cream Sauce

I got this recipe from All and made it this weekend. The color is a little off-putting because it looks like Campbell's Tomato Soup. But it is a nice change from regular marinara sauce.

Penne in Vodka Cream

1 pound penne pasta (or whatever tube shaped pasta you have on hand)
1/2 cup butter (yes - one WHOLE stick!)
3/4 cup vodka
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup heavy cream (I used half and half)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
(I also added frozen Italian meatballs and some fresh mushrooms I needed to use)

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.

2. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium low heat; add vodka, red pepper flakes and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Blend in tomato sauce, tomato paste and cream; increase heat to bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce has slightly thickened; season with salt and pepper to taste. (This is where I threw in the meatballs and mushrooms.)

4. Reduce heat to very low and stir in cheese; add cooked pasta and more cheese if desired.

Serves 6.



Ivonne said...


The colour is most definitely NOT offputting! I love pasta with vodka sauce. I make it often and the version you made is very similar to the version I made.

My mouth is watering looking at your photo.

When are you going to stop living the lie that you don't cook??? I DON'T BELIEVE YOU!!!


Sally said...

I didn't say I didn't cook! I said I was a simple cook. I'm not anywhere near your league - cooking, writing or photography.

Ala said...

Hallo Sally,
Your net corener is very nice. I am the first time here and I am sure I visit you more often now.
Pasta in Vodka Cream Sauce sounds great :o)). I have to cook these dish.

Empress said...

Even at 12:01am, that looks good! I'll have to give that one a go!

Thanks for stopping by my place, Sally, and for you very kind comments.

Sally said...

Hello Ala -

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. Hope you come again soon.

Hi Empress -

Thank you for the nice comment. It WAS very good! LOL Loved your blog. People like you and Ivonne and Kate and Elise and Biggles all inspire me. Thank you.