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    Tasty Penne Ala Vodka

  • 2 oz pancetta, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped OR
  • 1 1 oz can whole tomatoes, juices reserved -- (1 to 14)
  • 1/2 cup Land O'Lakes Fat-Free Half-and-Half. * see note
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 lb box mini penne, or regular penne
    Garnish:
  • Fresh basil leaves, julienne
  • Put a large pot of water over high heat.

    Meanwhile, In a large skillet drizzled with 1 tbsp olive oil, saute pancetta until a bit crispy. Add garlic. Saute for another minute until the garlic is fragrant. Do not burn. Drain off some of the fat without losing any of the pancetta and garlic. Add the rest of the olive oil and the red pepper flakes. Saute until the red pepper flakes are fragrant. Add the tomatoes, and their juices. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour all the sauce ingredients (the ones that are cooked) into a large bowl and, using a hand blender, puree. Place back in skillet (make sure it is off the heat so it doesn't splatter) and add half-and-half, vodka, dried basil, and salt. Cook for a few minutes until it thickens. Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese. Mix well.

    For Pasta:
    When water comes to a boil, add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions. When cooked, drain well and add to sauce. Mix well and cook together for another minute. Remove to serving bowls.

    Garnish with julienne of fresh basil and a grating of parmesan cheese (use parmesan from a block, not from a green can if you can).Serve with warm bread, rolls or breadsticks.

    Serves 4 generously.

    From: RisaG, Adapted from Schnecksville Elem. School CBK
    FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. RIGHTS RESERVED.
    Posted By: RisaG, Via: Chile Head Mailing List
    Post Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002

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