Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce
  • Cooking Time: 25 mins
  • Servings: 4-8
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • 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
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta, and drain on paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
It's quick and simple and has good flavoring