Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pasta Vodka

I've been wanting to find a good Pasta Vodka recipe for awhile now. It's such a rich, hearty dish, and it works great as a side or a main course. I bet you could even put it in a 9*13, top it with breadcrumbs and bake it like Ziti. Yummy.

So I was watching one of my all time favorite food tv shows, Barefoot Contessa, and she had some guests on who made their version of Pasta Vodka. I tweaked it a bit and ended up with something my family loves. I hope you like it to!

Pasta Vodka

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa


  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 1 medium spanish onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minces
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans peeled plum tomatos
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Shaved romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large oven proof saute pan over medium heat, add the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add the red pepper flakes and dried oregano and cook for 1 minute more. Add the vodka and continue cooking until the mixture is reduced by half.

Meanwhile, drain the tomatoes through a sieve and crush them into the pan with your hands. Add 2 teaspoons salt and a pinch of black pepper. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and place it in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta. Drain and set aside.

Place the tomato mixture in a blender and puree in batches until the sauce is a smooth consistency. Return to the pan.

Reheat the sauce, add enough heavy cream to make the sauce a creamy consistency. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and simmer for 10 minutes. Toss the pasta into the sauce and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan. Serve with an additional sprinkle of Parmesan and shaves of Romano.

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