“Mom, can you make Penne a La Vodka for us to try?”
Of course, son!
Here it is, my own version, as I share with you this easy (ridiculously easy) recipe, and yet, oh so good!
Penne A La Vodka
1 lb penne pasta
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 large shallot, finely minced
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly ground nutmeg
One 28-oz can whole tomatoes San Marzano
¼ cup vodka
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
1- Fill a pot with 4 quarts of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add a large pinch of salt. Add the pasta and stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pasta is 2 minutes away from being al dente, according to package instructions. Drain the pasta while saving some of the pasta water, just in case.
2- In a medium sauce pan warm the olive oil over low heat, add the garlic and cook it just starts to turn golden, about 1 minute. Add the shallots and season lightly with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
3- Pour the can of tomato juice (everything, tomatoes, juice) into the food processor and buzz quickly, just to break the tomatoes. Carefully pour into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until sauce starts to thicken, about 10 minutes.
4- Add the vodka and heavy cream and continue to cook, simmering gently over low heat.
5- Add the pasta and fold into the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper and finish with parsley and parmesan. Transfer to warm bowls and serve hot.