Tonight I made Cook’s Illustrated’s penne alla vodka. It was great, and I had all the ingredients on hand, so even better. The sauce is just creamy enough, and I can never dislike anything with fresh basil.
I also made roasted asparagus, sourdough garlic bread, and some big ass (but low cal) meatballs for the side. I like my meat, and I don’t eat that many carbs without a good protein source! :)
Penne Alla Vodka
Source: Cook’s Illustrated
1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes , drained, liquid reserved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small onion , minced (about 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
1/4-1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1/3 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream (half and half works fine)
1 pound penne pasta
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil leaves
Grated Parmesan cheese , for serving
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