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You asked for it: Penne a la Vodka

Ellen Folkman | Special to the Times

You asked for it: Penne a la Vodka

Q: I would like a recipe for penne a la vodka. Thank you so much.

Angela Maggio, Spring Hill

A: Alice Williamson of Homosassa shares a recipe for penne a la vodka, a dish found on many restaurant menus, that she got from Woman's World magazine in 2009. She said she has made it many times and will often cook a chicken breast to slice and add to the dish. This recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or for company. If you are not fond of cooking with liquor, chicken broth is easily substituted. Using the diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano adds loads of flavor.

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Penne a la Vodka

8 ounces penne pasta

1 onion chopped, about 1 cup

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1/3 cup vodka or low-sodium chicken broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano

¼ cup tomato paste

1 cup heavy cream

Chopped fresh basil, optional

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving ¾ cup cooking water.

Meanwhile, coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat. Add onion, salt and pepper; cook until onion is just translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add vodka; bring to boil. Cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes with their juices, tomato paste and reserved cooking water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, 10 minutes.

Stir in cream; cook 10 minutes.

Stir in pasta; cook until heated through, 1-2 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with basil.

Serves 4.

Source: Alice Williamson of Homosassa (from Woman's World magazine)

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