Oh you guys are in for a treat!! It has been ages since I made this yummy dish, and it’s so comforting and elegant, and yet EASY!! Rachel Ray coined it her, “You won’t be Single for Long Penne Vodka” and boy was she right on the money! I made it for Joe back in 2008 and by 2009, we were engaged. 12 years later I’m still making it! You can dress it up by adding shrimp, but honestly I love it just the way it is. I made it for a date night in last Saturday night and it did not disappoint. Don’t skip the crusty bread!!
You will need:
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 box of penne pasta
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of chicken stock
1 cup of vodka
(it also calls for garlic, but I don’t add)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
Sauté your shallots in butter and oil.
Add your vodka and reduce. Add chicken broth and crushed tomatoes. Simmer.
Boil your pasta while it simmers and warm your crusty bread!! Also, stir in your cream right before it’s time to add the pasta. Stir in fresh basil.
If you can, let it sit for a bit so that the pasta can absorb the delicious sauce.
Even if you’re already taken, or have no desire to be wifed up, you should still make this comforting meal! It is a great meal to make ahead of time and keep warm if you’ve got guests coming over too. Add a side salad, grab some red vino and enjoy!
Let me know if you try it!