Dinner, Italian

Vodka Pasta

If you’re a fan of bold flavors, a touch of heat, and the artistry of Smokin’ and Grillin wit AB in the kitchen, then you’re in for a treat. We’re diving into the world of delectable pasta recipes. Get ready to elevate your culinary game with a Smokin’ and Grillin’ Vodka Pasta that’s guaranteed to sizzle in every bite!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (plus more for garnish if desired)
  • 28 ounces can Italian style or San Marzano whole tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

Cook the Penne Pasta:

  • Cook the penne pasta according to the package instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Prepare the Sauce:

  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, sautéing for about 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.

Add Tomatoes:

  • Pour in the whole tomatoes with their juice into the skillet. Break the tomatoes apart using a spoon or spatula. Cook for 5-7 minutes, allowing the tomatoes to break down and the sauce to thicken.

Add Vodka:

  • Pour in the vodka and stir, letting it simmer for another 2-3 minutes. This helps to cook off the alcohol and infuse the sauce with flavor.

Incorporate Heavy Cream:

  • Lower the heat and add the heavy cream to the skillet. Stir well to combine, allowing the sauce to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Integrate Parmesan Cheese:

  • Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until it’s melted and the sauce becomes creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combine with Pasta:

  • Add the cooked penne pasta to the skillet, tossing it in the creamy vodka sauce until well coated.

Finish and Garnish:

  • Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the pasta and give it a final gentle toss. Garnish with additional crushed red pepper flakes if you like it spicier.

Serve:

  • Plate the Smokin’ and Grillin’ Vodka Pasta, and sprinkle some extra Parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy your delicious and creamy pasta dish!

Recipe Card

Vodka Pasta

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30 mins
Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cook the penne pasta according to the package instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, sautéing for about 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.

  3. Pour in the whole tomatoes with their juice into the skillet. Break the tomatoes apart using a spoon or spatula. Cook for 5-7 minutes, allowing the tomatoes to break down and the sauce to thicken.

  4. Pour in the vodka and stir, letting it simmer for another 2-3 minutes. This helps to cook off the alcohol and infuse the sauce with flavor.

  5. Lower the heat and add the heavy cream to the skillet. Stir well to combine, allowing the sauce to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

  6. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until it’s melted and the sauce becomes creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Add the cooked penne pasta to the skillet, tossing it in the creamy vodka sauce until well coated.

  8. Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the pasta and give it a final gentle toss. Garnish with additional crushed red pepper flakes if you like it spicier.

  9. Plate the Smokin’ and Grillin’ Vodka Pasta, and sprinkle some extra Parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy your delicious and creamy pasta dish!

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