Did you know that vodka isn’t just for making delicious cocktails and jello shots?
I know, right?
Turns out, you can use it to spice up that boring plate of pasta. Don’t worry, you won’t actually get drunk off these noodles, but you will seem like a genius in the kitchen with just a few simple ingredients.
- 2 cups marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
- ½ cup Stoli vodka
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup cream, room temperature
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh basil, for garnish
- A few handfuls of dry penne pasta
Combine your favorite marinara sauce, along with the vodka and red pepper flakes in a medium saucepan. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes, occasionally stirring. (This will allow the alcohol to cook out).
In the meantime, boil your pasta in salted water, according to the package directions. Make sure you cook to al dente. No one likes a mushy pasta. Drain and set aside.
Once the sauce is done simmering, add the cream (go for the real stuff… none of this half and half business), and Parmesan. Give it a good stir, and let it warm a couple minutes.
Add cooked pasta to the sauce. Top with fresh basil, and maybe a few more sprinkles of Parmesan (because, when in doubt, add more cheese). Serve with garlic bread. Buon Appétito!
“Did you know that vodka isn’t just for making delicious cocktails and jello shots?”
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