San Marzano Penne Vodka

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This is one of my favorite recipes to make. I worked at a authentic Italian restaurant and my boss showed me how to make this. I have been making it now for 8 years and I can not get enough of it!

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 12 ounces canned San Marzano-style peeled plum tomatoes

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ½ cup vodka

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain. Transfer to a serving dish.

  2. Pour canned tomatoes into skillet over medium heat; stir in tomato sauce, vodka, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, until alcohol is completely cooked off, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in cream and simmer until heated through, about 5 more minutes. Remove sauce from heat.

  3. Pour sauce over penne pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Note:

This sauce is not sweet, just so you know. Some people prefer it sweet but that's not how this recipe is. Also, I recommend putting a teaspoon of sugar in the sauce to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

486 Calories
18g Fat
61g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 486
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 372mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 418mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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