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Penne A La Vodka

Spicy, smokey, and creamy, this Penne a la Vodka features pancetta, tomato purée, vodka cream and pepper flakes...Dish Delish!
Ingredients
  Olive oil 1 Teaspoon
  Unflavored vodka 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Penne pasta 1 Pound
  Salt 1 Tablespoon (to taste)
  Pepper 1 Tablespoon (to taste)
  Parmesan 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), shaved
  Roma tomatoes 12 Medium, ripe
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Onion/Scallion 1 Small
  Pancetta slice 5 Medium
  Heavy cream 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Red pepper flake 1 Pinch
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Score tops and bottoms of each tomato in a crissed-cross motion.

MAKING
2. Boil tomatoes in a large pot for about 20 minutes, until tender to the prick of a fork and skins are turning away where you’ve scored them.
3. Allow tomatoes to cool then remove skins from tomatoes.
4. Also remove any tough ends and yellow or stringy parts of tomato (seeds are ok).
5. Put prepared tomatoes and garlic clove into a blender, blend until smooth.
6. Set aside the puree while you prepare the Pancetta.
7. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, blend the onion and pancetta until finely minced.
8. Put mixture into a large, heavy, hot sauté pan and cook over med heat until browned.
9. Stir occasionally for about 15 minutes.
10. Add tomato purée to the browned pancetta and onion mixture, simmer (partially covered) for 30 minutes.
11. Add vodka and pepper flakes and allow sauce to simmer for another 10 minutes.
12. Boil pasta in large pot of boiling water until al dente (8-9 minutes), drain and return to pot to keep it warm.
13. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to avoid sticking.
14. After vodka has been in sauce for 10 minutes, add heavy cream slowly while stirring. Incorporate well and stir until sauce begins to simmer again.
15. Add pasta to pan and drag it through the sauce to cover pasta completely.

SERVING
16. Serve immediately with shaved parmesan on top.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Simmering
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
55 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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