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Penne alla Vodka

Very yummy!

1, 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, drained with juice reserved
2 TBSP olive oil
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 TBSP tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1/3 cup Vodka
1/2 cup Heavy cream
1 lb Penne
2 TBSP fresh basil, chopped
Parmesan cheese, grated

Optional:

4 Spicy turkey sausage (removed from casing)

Instructions:

0. If using, brown sausage in frying pan. Drain and set aside.

1. Pulse the tomatoes in food processor until smooth. Combine the tomatoes and reserved juice to make 2 cups.  Discard the remainder.

2. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and tomato paste.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes.  Stir in garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

3. Stir in tomato mixture and 1/2 tsp salt.  Off heat, add vodka.  Return sauce to medium-high heat and simmer, stirring often, until alcohol flavor is cooked off, 8-10 minutes.  Stir in cream and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

4. Meanwhile, cook penne till al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot. Add sauce (and sausage, if using) and cook over medium heat, tossing to combine, until pasta absorbs some sauce, 1-2 minutes. Stir in basil, season with salt and pepper, then add some reserved cooking water as needed to adjust consistency.  Serve with Parmesan.

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I am a wife, a fur-mom, an avid reader, and a volunteer. For my grown-up work I'm an APRN at a local children's hospital. For fun I foster kittens and their mamas for a local animal shelter.

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