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- 1 pound Penne Pasta
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/2 medium size Onion, chopped fine
- 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
- ¾ cups Vodka
- 1 can Tomato Sauce (recipe called for Puree)
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 small pinch Red Pepper Flakes (more if you like a little kick)
- ¼ teaspoons Salt
- Pepper, To Taste
- 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- I also added a few chopped mushrooms as well
Cook the Penne Pasta according to the package be careful not to over cook.
Chop up the onion and garlic. Small tip take the can of sauce and smash (not too hard) the garlic and the skin will slip right off. So you know I hate chopping onion, cause I hate to cry, but I actually did chop the onion rather than using my Pampered Chef chopper which I love.
this is me chopping:( and crying but just a little
Next In a large skillet over medium heat, warm up the olive oil and butter.
When the butter is melted, add in the chopped onion and garlic. Stir and cook for roughly two minutes.
Look how pretty (I used a red onion cause it was so pretty..naw it was what I had:)
Pour in zee vodka. Stir and cook for three minutes. Don't worry when you first add the vodka it will be a little watery looking but the vodka cooks off pretty quickly.
Add in the tomato sauce and stir until completely mixed, isn't so beautiful and it smells delicious. Reduce heat to LOW.
Now it is time to add the cream and it is important to use heavy cream, no half and half here.
mmmmmmm so good.
Stir gently to mix and add the red pepper flakes (if you like a little kick otherwise skip it) and salt and pepper
See now get real close to the screen and inhale deeply, you can almost smell it!
So while we were making the sauce our pasta was cooking and has been drained right??
Now add the sauce to the penne and mix in cheese and stir, remove from heat.