Pasta with Vodka Sauce

This Italian classic combines flavorful marinara sauce with rich cream and parmesan cheese for an easy and delicious pasta sauce. It’s great over any type of pasta but I typically use penne for easy-eating. This pasta is nice on it’s own or you can add grilled chicken, sausage, or shrimp for some extra protein. I like it plain though.

 

Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Serves: 4

  • 1 lb. penne pasta (or any pasta of your choice)
  • 1 qt. smooth marinara sauce
  • 1 c. vodka
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 c. parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt & pepper
  1. In a large sauté pan, bring the tomato sauce and vodka to a simmer over low heat until the mixture reduces by 1/4, stirring often, about 20 minutes.
  2. Stir the cream into the tomato and vodka sauce. Simmer over low heat until the sauce is heated through.
  3. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and allow it to melt.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  5. Drain the pasta and transfer it to the pan with the sauce, and toss to coat.
  6. Serve topped with additional grated parmesan cheese if desired.
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