Pasta with tomato and vodka sauce

Called Penne al Pomodoro e Vodka in Italian, this recipe adds vodka near the end of cooking to give the flavour a little kick.


Preparation method

  1. To make the tomato sauce, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan. Add the chopped garlic and fry gently until golden.

  2. Add the jar of tomato passata and season with salt and pepper. Add several fresh basil leaves and cook gently for about 10 minutes.

  3. While the sauce is simmering, bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente . Drain well .

  4. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan melt the butter, add the crushed pepper and the drained pasta. Toss well, making sure that all the pasta is well coated with butter. Keep the heat high and toss the pasta with a spatula, while adding the tomato sauce and the cream. Add the glass of vodka, toss again and turn the heat off; if the vodka evaporates, you will loose the taste of it.

  5. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve immediately.

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