Penne with Vodka Sauce

Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
18 min
Recipe Details
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 medium uncooked shallot(s), minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, fresh, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or other coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 3 Tbsp canned tomato paste
  • 2 fl oz vodka
  • 1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste (for cooking pasta)
  • 12 oz uncooked penne
  • 1/2 cup(s) heavy whipping cream
  • 20 leaf/leaves basil, fresh, cut into ribbons (chiffonade)
  1. Heat a large skillet over a medium-low heat. Add butter, shallots and garlic; sauté until shallots start to caramelize, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add parsley, sea salt and pepper, stirring once or twice. Add tomato paste and mix to form a paste. Cook for about 5 minutes, moving paste around pan occasionally; add vodka. Scrap bottom of pan with a wooden spoon and cook for about 5 minutes more.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  3. Add cream to tomato sauce; reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3 minutes. Add pasta to sauce and mix to coat; top with basil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Yields about 1 cup per serving.
Serve immediately when the sauce is at its creamiest.If you prefer a looser sauce, add some pasta-cooking water to the sauce.

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