Monday, May 17, 2010

Penne alla Vodka

A few years back, my husband bought me The Gourmet Cookbook.  He bought it for me during the height of my cookbook addiction, so I never really spent proper time getting to know this one in depth.  I recently pulled it back out and decided it was high time that I did just that.  After all, this baby has some fantastic classic dishes in it.  If this one is any indication, I am going to have a LOT of fun eating my way through this book!

I actually made this Penne alla Vodka for myself for dinner on Mother's Day (Hey, don't feel too sorry for me!  My family made me a fantastic breakfast and helped clean-up!  Besides I love to cook!) along with a healthy and delicious Bruschetta recipe from a Cooking Light annual that my kids absolutely adored.  Both were fantastic and deserve to be shared with all of you (and made again repeatedly).  

Penne alla Vodka
Serves 6

1/2 stick (4 Tbsp.) unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2/3 c. vodka
3/4 c. canned tomato puree
1 c. heavy cream
1/4 lb. cooked ham, finely chopped
2 drops Tabasco, or to taste
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. penne (14.5 oz. box of Ronzoni Smart Taste used in Nutritional Info.)
3/4 c. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Melt butter in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat.  Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.  Stir in vodka, bring to a simmer, and simmer for 4 minutes.  Add tomato puree and cream and simmer, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.  Stir in ham, Tabasco, salt, and pepper.  Keep sauce warm over very low heat.

Cook pasta in a 6- to 8- Qt. pot of boiling salted water (1 Tbsp. salt per every 4 Qts. water) until al dente.  Reserve 1/2 c. cooking water and drain pasta. 

Add pasta to sauce and toss with sauce and cheese, adding some of reserved cooking water if pasta seems dry.

If desired, garnish with some additional Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 602.7
  • Total Fat: 30.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 101.2 mg
  • Sodium: 607.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 58.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.3 g
  • Protein: 17.2 g

1 comment:

  1. OMG, 2/3 cup of vodka, fantastic, lol!! I don't mind cooking for myself either on Mother's Day (or any day) because as you say, I love to cook. This looks wonderful, I've bookmarked this. Thank you so much for linking this up to Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy your Sunday!



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