Vodka Pasta Sauce

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  • 1 lb penne
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1 (398 ml or 14 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup 15% cooking cream
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • parmesan, grated, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot of salted, boiling water, cook the pasta as directed on the package. Drain, but reserve 80 ml (1/3 cup) of cooking water. Set pasta and cooking water aside.
  2. Heat oil to medium heat in a large pan. Sauté garlic and shallots in oiled pan for 1 to 2 minutes. Deglaze and flambé with vodka, then let reduce 2–3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato sauce to the garlic and shallots. Let reduce a few minutes, then add the cream and oil.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the pasta and mix well with the sauce.
  5. Divide in plates, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and serve.