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penne alla vodka

(5 ratings)
Recipe by
Kathy D

This is a fool-proof version of penne alla vodka. Rachael Ray jokes that this is a "you won't be single for long" type of recipe. Enjoy!

(5 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For penne alla vodka

  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2
    shallots, minced
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    chicken stock
  • 28 oz
    can crushed tomatoes
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 12 oz
    penne rigate
  • 20
    basil leaves, shredded or torn
  • crusty bread for serving

How To Make penne alla vodka

  • 1
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil, butter, garlic and shallots. Gently saute for about 3-5 minutes. Add the vodka in a steady stream (temporarily take the pot off the heat source while you add the vodka - then replace). Reduce vodka by half, 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cook the pasta in the salted, boiling water until al dente (according to your package directions).
  • 3
    Stir cream into the vodka sauce. When the sauce returns to a bubble, remove it from the heat. Drain pasta. Toss the hot pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Serve immediately along with the crusty bread and enjoy!