• Bill's Penne alla Vodka

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    Bill's Penne alla Vodka
    Prep: 30 min Cook: 20 min Servings: 6
    by Angie Morris
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    “This recipe is tailor-made for my husband Bill, done the way he likes Vodka sauce - lots of bacon, lots of Vodka, and very creamy. He is the Vodka sauce expert and he has a favorite restaurant where he always orders it. But he says my recipe is just like it! I take that as a huge compliment! You can just barely taste the Vodka in it, it is not strong. I know you can’t find this dish in Italy anymore, but it is truly a mainstay at Italian American restaurants. Lucky us! Enjoy!”


    • 6 slices of bacon
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
    • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • ¾ cup heavy cream
    • ½ cup Vodka
    • 1-1/2 pounds penne pasta
    • ½ cup pasta water


    1. 1. In a large saucepot, cook the bacon over medium heat until almost done.
    2. 2. Using a kitchen scissors,cut the bacon into small bits.
    3. 3. Add the butter and garlic, sauté for a few minutes to soften the garlic.
    4. 4. Stir in the tomato paste, mixing it in for a few minutes.
    5. 5. Add the tomato puree, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar, mixing well.
    6. 6. Add the heavy cream, stirring for a few minutes.
    7. 7. Add the Vodka and simmer for about 5 minutes on low heat.
    8. 8. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling salted water until done.
    9. 9. Drain, but reserve ½ cup of the pasta water and stir that into the sauce.
    10. 10. Toss the pasta with the Vodka sauce.
    11. 11. Serve with grated Romano cheese.

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