I love pasta! I love it so much I tend to crave a bowlful everyday, but I'm trying to be good so I have it every now and then. Penna Alla Vodka is on the top of my mind when I decide to have pasta and it's pure luxury. It has a creamy and vibrant sauce made with a shot of vodka.
Although there’s vodka in the recipe, this is cooked off so you can’t actually taste it. It’s simply used as a flavour enhancer, making your food smell and taste better. The vodka in this recipe also acts as an emulsifier to help the tomato sauce combine easier with the cream and cheese, so it’s perfectly safe for younger people to eat too.
If you’re not keen on using alcohol in cooking, simply omit it. You will still have a deliciously creamy pasta sauce.
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. chilli flakes
2 ½ tbsp. vodka
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 fl. oz. water
1 tsp. salt, plus extra
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
3 fl. oz. double cream
1 oz. parmesan (or any hard Italian cheese), finely grated
12 oz. penne pasta
Parmesan (or any hard, Italian cheese), finely grated
Handful fresh coriander, finely chopped
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