Pasta with vodka

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Penne or other
Tubular pasta
5 tablespoons Unsalted butter
⅔ cup Vodka, preferable
Polish or Russian
¼ teaspoon Hot red pepper flakes
Or more to taste
16 ounces Italian plum tomatoes,
Drained, seeded
And pureed-(can use
3/4 c Ponni crushed
Drained tomatoes)
½ teaspoon Salt
¾ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preparation : In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the penne until al dente (tender but firm) for 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large noncorrodible skillet over moderate heat. Add the vodka and hot pepper and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the pureed tomatoes and cream and simmer 5 minutes longer. Season with salt.

When the pasta is al dente, drain well and pour into the skillet with the hot sauce. Reduce the heat to low, ad the cheese and mix thoroughly. Voila! Serve with a salad and good bread (it's pretty rich and very potent). Serve 4 to 6. Walt MM

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