recipe of the day (Italian - main course)

Penne A La Vodka
Pancetta or Prociutto

1 ½ cup tomato sauce
¼ lb. Pancetta or Prociutto, chopped finely This shit is expensive, you can leave it out
½ cup heavy (whipping) cream
1/3 cup vodka
¼ cup butter
2 to 3 cloves chopped garlic
1 small red onion, chopped small

1 lb. penne or rigatoni
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in large skillet. When butter is hot add Pancetta or Prociutto, garlic, and onion. Sauté over medium heat. Add vodka and stir until vodka is reduced by evaporation. Add tomato sauce and stir in heavy cream and season with salt and black pepper. Simmer, uncovered approximately 8 - 10 minutes.

Prepare pasta in large pot of salted water. Add penne or rigatoni and cook macaroni until desired doneness. Drain macaroni and add to skillet with sauce. Toss macaroni and sauce over medium heat until the sauce coats macaroni. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Optional or alternate to taste:
pinch of red pepper flakes added during sauté of ingredients or substitute parsley for basil.

4 - 6 Servings

Source: Gilda Philibert

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