Penne Alla Vodka

Penne Alla Vodka
From Father Leo Patalinghug, Creator of "Grace Before Meals"

Serves 4-6 people

1 box of penne pasta, cooked al dente
1 Tbsp.olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium-sized white onion, minced
2 Tbsp.fresh parsley, chopped
32-oz. can of tomato sauce
6-ounce can of tomato paste
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of vodka
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2-3 pinches of red pepper flakes


Heat olive oil in a large pot or pan over medium heat. Saute garlic, onions and parsley until onions become translucent (approximately 2-3 minutes).

Attention: Cooking with alcohol is flammable!

Add tomato paste and vodka. Introduce flame to flambe until flame dissipates OR allow this to simmer away from an open flame until the smell of alcohol is not so strong.

Add tomato sauce and cream and allow this to heat and simmer.

Add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

Incorporate cooked penne pasta and mix.

Garnish with parsley and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

For more info:
About Father Leo Patalinghug
"Grace Before Meals: Recipes for Family Life" (Excerpt)
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