Penne alla Vodka with Sun dried Tomatoes
Penne alla Vodka with Sun dried Tomatoes. A twist on the traditional recipe loaded with tomato paste, heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese. The ultimate comfort food! This is the BEST penne alla vodka recipe you will ever have!
- 16 ounces penne pasta
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 oz sun dried tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- parmesan cheese for serving, if desired
- fresh sliced basil for serving, if desired
Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
To a large skillet heat butter, oil, minced garlic, and sun dried tomatoes over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes. (As the butter melts the garlic and tomatoes will start to get fragrant and release their oils. Then after about 5 minutes the garlic will get golden on the edges and the butter will be bubbling.)
Carefully! Turn off heat and let it come down to a light simmer at the most, add the vodka and with a long lighter quickly light the fumes and stand back. The flames will die out in about 30 seconds. (Keep the lid to the pot handy in case flames get out of hand it can be used to suffocate the flames).
Add the heavy cream, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes. Bring back to a simmer an cook an additional 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.