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Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce

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"How to make spicy penne with cream sauce"

Serves 4-8 | Prep Time 10 mins | Cook Time 25 mins

Why I Love This Recipe

It's quick and simple and has good flavoring

Ingredients You'll Need

6 ounces uncooked penne or other short pasta

4 pancetta slices or thick bacon slices

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 shallots, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

¼ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

½ cup vodka

½ cup chicken stock or broth

2 (14.5-ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

¾ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Garnishes: Parmesan cheese shavings, fresh basil leaves


Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta, and drain on paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in oil, shallots, garlic, and red pepper; sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until shallots are tender.

Stir in vodka; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in stock and next 4 ingredients, and simmer 15 more minutes.

Reduce heat to low; stir in cream, basil, and pancetta. Cook 2 minutes or until heated through. (Do not boil.) Spoon pasta into serving bowls; top with sauce. Garnish, if desired.

Pairs Well With

Peene and vodka

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