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RECIPE: Penne Alla Vodka—With Tomato Vodka!

Three Olives Tomato Vodka: Not just for
Bloody Marys!


Penne alla vodka is a very popular dish. Who can resist that creamy tomato sauce with a touch of vodka?

Three Olives Vodka makes it even better with its Tomato Vodka. Serve shots of vodka along with the pasta—and of course, in a Bloody Mary before dinner!


• 1 pound penne (we prefer penne rigate [PEN-nay rih-GAH-tay], the ridged variety, since sauce clings better to ridged pasta)
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 chopped tomato
• 1 medium onion, finely chopped
• 1/4 to 1 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper, depending on your heat preference
• 1/2 cup Three Olives Tomato Vodka
• 1/4 cup canned tomato purée (look for San Marzano—the best canned tomatoes!)
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley (flat leaf)
• 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
• Salt to taste

1. In an 8-quart pot, bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil over high heat. Prepare penne according to package directions.

2. Simmer olive oil in a large skillet over moderately low heat. Add tomato, onion and crushed pepper and simmer for about 3 minutes. Stir in vodka and bring to a lively simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Add tomato purée and heavy cream and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.

4. Stir in cheese until melted. Add parsley, salt and pepper. Cover and keep sauce warm over very low heat until pasta is ready.

Find more pasta recipes in our Gourmet Pasta Section.

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