Saturday, April 17, 2010

Penne with Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

In case you didn't know... I LOVE PASTA !!!!!!
And in case you were wondering, this is my FAVORITE SAUCE !!!!!!!!!! I've been making this for 18 years.

Penne with vodka tomato cream sauce {bon appetit}

1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 sm. onion, chopped
1 (28 oz.) can Italian plum tomatoes, drained, seeded, chopped
1 c. whipping cream
1/4 c. vodka
1/4 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
1 lb. penne pasta (any tubular pasta)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Minced fresh chives

Melt butter with oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook until almost no liquid remains in pan, stirring frequently, about 25 minutes.

Add cream, vodka and red pepper and boil until thickened to sauce consistency, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate).

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl. Bring sauce to simmer. Pour over pasta and toss well. Sprinkle with Parmesan and chives and serve. 6 servings.


Kissed by an Angel said...

It sounds devine!!! I must try it!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

I usually -- well, OK, always -- buy vodka sauce at our favorite Italian restaurant ... but yours has inspired me to get daring and make my own. Looks fantastic!
Thanks for sharing, and have a grand weekend.

Leslie said...

Vodka sauce is one of my favorites! Looks delish

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I love pasta too, and this sauce looks great. I don't make tomato-based sauces often, although I love them, because my partner is not that fussed, but I think softened with the cream he just might go for it. Definitely worth a try.

Penny said...

This looks so sophisticated and at the same time easy. Love your blog and plan on spending some time here. Thanks for visiting me. I love the "water" too.

Cathy said...

This rich, flavorful sauce is one of my pasta favorites. My version is a litle bit different, but I'm trying yours next time I make it. Delicious!

Trish said...

I could sooooo get 'into this'! Yummmers!

Simple Daisy said...

I love vodka sauce...thanks for sharing:)

Kathy Walker said...

Oh wow! This sounds so good. I have never had it and will definitely give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

Yum! Sounds good! I wrote an article about hearing Paula Deen, Rachael Ray & Giada speak. Cheers! Jennifer aka Gigi

SmilingSally said...

I would love that for dinner! Happy Blue Monday.

Beth said...

Love your music, the pasta looks great and the ocean is awesome. You got a great photo. Happy Blue Monday!

tara said...

ohh you had me at Vodka! ahh just kidding...kinda, this sounds so lovely, when can you and Lulu come down and have a sleep over at my house and cook for us?? :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Yummy Blue Monday. That sounds like a great recipe. I love your header photo and then te one at the end of your post. Thanks, Jenn

helenabelle said...

Ooh...thank you for the great recipe. I'll certainly be trying it soon! Have a wonderful week. :)

Jennifer said...

you are a great cook! I'm getting hungry! thanks for stopping by!

eileeninmd said...

Sounds delicious, i will have to try this reciep too. Love the beach photo. The bird is cute.

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...


I have a similar revipe as lovely as this one!!

Looks very tasty too!

Many hugs from Brussels!

fromBAtoParis said...

I LOVE these penne au vodka !!!! My favorite pasta idea!
Thanks for the recipe !!

Choclette said...

I've not come across using vodka in tomato sauce before - sounds really interesting and pasta is great.


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