Penne with Vodka Sauce

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One of my cooking projects for myself is to find a great tomato sauce for pasta. My main focus is to find a great all-day spaghetti sauce, but other quicker sauces are definitely on my radar too. When I found this tomato sauce recipe that uses vodka, I instantly had to try it because over the years I heard that vodka makes great sauces. This was an easy dish to prepare, and my husband got all bug-eyed when he saw me pour a cup of vodka and found out it was for dinner, lol. The sauce itself was pretty good, but the dish all around didn't stand out too much for me. If I had made some chicken parmesan to top the pasta with and made it a heartier meal, this really would have been a success. The next time I do plan on making chicken parmesan, I will pair it with this penne dish to see if the recipe was much more worthy and update this post.

Penne with Vodka Sauce
Serves 6

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 cup vodka
1 cup chicken stock
1 32-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn
16 ounces penne rigate

1. Heat a large skillet over moderate heat. Add oil, butter, garlic, and shallots. Gently sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add vodka to the pan. Reduce the vodka by half over the heat, this will take 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. While sauce simmers cook pasta in salted, boiling water until al dente. Stir cream into sauce, when sauce begins to bubble, remove from heat. Drain pasta. Toss hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves.

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