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Penne alla Vodka


500g dried penne pasta

80ml good quality vodka

3 large tbsp. tomato paste

250ml heavy cream

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese + extra for serving

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

20g unsalted butter

1 shallot, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper season

Handful of basil leaves for serving

Method In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and shallots and cook for 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.

Add tomato paste and red pepper flakes and cook for a further 5 minutes. Increase the heat and pour in vodka, giving it a generous stir to infuse the flavours. Reduce the heat to low, pour in the creame and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Bring a pot of water to the boil, add salt and cook the penne until al dente. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of pasta water, drain pasta and set aside.

Turn to a low heat, add the cooked pasta to the sauce, grated parmesan cheese, mozzarella and stir to combine. Pour a little pasta water at a time and gently stir to help create the silky sauce.

Serve in pasta bowls with extra grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

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