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Penne with Spicy Vodka Cream Sauce


4 entree or 8 side servings

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  • 16 oz uncooked penne or other short pasta
  • 4 pancetta slices or thick bacon slices
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 t dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 c vodka
  • 1/2 c chicken broth
  • Two 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 c heavy whipping cream
  • 2 T chopped fresh basil
  • Garnishes: Parmesan cheese shavings, fresh basil leaves



Step 1

Prepare pasta according to pkg directions. Meanwhile cook pancetta in lg nonstick skillet over med high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta & drain on paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.

Melt butter in lg skillet over med high jest. Stir in oil, shallots, garlic & red pepper; sauté 3-4 min until shallots are tender. Stir in vodka; bring to boil, reduce heat & simmer 3 min until reduced by 1/2. Stir in broth & next 4 ingredients. Simmer 15 more min

Reduce heat to low; stir in cream, basil & pancetta. Cook 2 min until heated through. (Do Not Boil.). Spoon pasta into serving bowls; top with sauce. Garnish, if desired. Makes 4 entree or 8 side dish servings.

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