Recipe by Chef John
"This is the incredibly easy and always popular vodka sauce. There are certain flavors in tomatoes that are only brought out if you introduce alcohol into the sauce."
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small sprig fresh rosemary
heavy whipping cream
freshly ground black pepper to taste
prepared marinara sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) package
multigrain penne pasta (such as Barilla®)
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
I made this recipe last night for me and my hubby - relatively simple recipe yet full of flavor. I used about half a teaspoon of dried rosemary because I didn't have fresh on hand. Also, we like things on the spicier side so I added a half teaspoon of red pepper flakes in to the 1/2 cup of vodka about an hour before I used it in the recipe. Another Chef John keeper!
My husband is out of town for a couple of days so I cut this recipe in half with the plans of having it tonight and tomorrow night...all I can say is I cannot wait until tomorrow night to have it again. I made it using Chef John's "tomato sauce", which is also on this site ----which is amazing in and of itself. The only changes I made were dried rosemary and half and half versus fresh and heavy cream. It is restaurant quality if not better.
Yay, I get to be the first again to rate another one of Chef John's masterpieces. This was outstanding!! I quadrupled this partly because we had company and the other part is we all love pasta! This was so very easy to make and using the bacon really made it stand out. I never would have thought about putting bacon in this sauce but it really adds a richness that I have never had in a vodka sauce. I made a dandelion green salad and had some garlic bread. It was so tasty and everyone was eating and so quiet that you could here a penne drop, lol!! Thanks again, Chef John :)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Penne with Vodka Sauce
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 174
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