Looking for a great recipe for penne pasta with vodka sauce? We've found a great combo pasta recipe that gives you ease of use along with great flavor.
Your family and friends will think you spent all day in the kitchen, when all you had to do for this great vodka sauce is follow these easy step by step directions.
Penne With Vodka Sauce Recipe
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
28 ounce can Italian plum tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 pound Penne pasta
1/4 cup Parmesan; freshly grated
1 Tablespoon fresh chives; minced
1. Drain, seed and chop the tomatoes.
2. Melt butter with oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.
3. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes and cook until almost no liquid remains in pan, stirring frequently, about 25 minutes.
5. Add cream, vodka, and red pepper and boil until thickened to sauce consistency, about 25 minutes.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
7. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain well.
8. Transfer to a large bowl. Bring sauce to a simmer. Pour over pasta and toss well.
9. Sprinkle with Parmesan and chives and serve.
Can My Kids Help With This Recipe?
Having your kids help you cook is a fantastic idea. Cooking together will create many lasting memories for all of you. Plus, it will give you a great opportunity to teach them important life skills. Everyone needs to know how to cook. Your kids don't need to grow up into professional chefs, but they do need to know their way around a stove!
Since this recipe takes a while to make, your kids will likely grow impatient waiting for it to be done. One way to help pass the time is to have them take turns stirring. You'll enjoy getting a break from being the only one who does the heavy lifting in the kitchen!
A younger child can be the one to sprinkle the end product with parmesan and chives. It's best to keep a young child away from hot surfaces, since they don't yet have the know-how to handle themselves properly. You may need to lift them high enough to reach, but they'll get a kick out of being included.
Of course, always make sure to practice kitchen safety at all times. You don't want to ruin an excellent dinner night with a trip to the hospital. Your kids should understand how to handle themselves around sharp and hot objects. Teach them about appliance safety, too, such as how to recognize when a gas burner needs to be cleaned.