Pasta (read here other news) is tasty and simple to make and can go with just about everything – even vodka. This is penne pasta with vodka sauce.
To make, you will need salt, 12 ounces whole wheat penne pasta, 1 can whole plum tomatoes, 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, 2 shallots minced, 1 clove garlic minced, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ½ cup vodka, 2/3 cup heavy cream, ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, and a handful of freshbasil leaves torn.
To prepare bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the penne pasta and cook according to the directions on the box. Drain the pasta and use some of the water for afterwards. Put the tomatoes in a bowl and crush them with your hands.
Melt the butter over a large skillet over a medium flame and place shallots and cook until they are slightly softened for about 3 minutes. Next add the garlic and the red pepper flakes and cook for a minute. Take from heat and add the vodka, tomatoes and salt and return to the fire and continue to stir until the alcohol cools. This should take about 7 minutes. Add the heavy cream and cook until the sauce thickens and stir in parmesan cheese and basil.
Add the pasta to the sauce and combine and add a bit more parmesan and basil.