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Penne a la Vodka
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Serves/Makes:6 servings

  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz (784 grm). can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) vodka
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 cups (475 ml) heavy cream
  • grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook garlic in olive oil until tender, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, breaking up a bit with fork.
  • Stir in basil, salt and pepper and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Stir in vodka and cook 15 minutes more.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente.
  • Drain.
  • Stir cream into sauce and cook 10 minutes more.
  • Toss with hot pasta.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

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