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Vodka Penne

Brilliant mid week dinner.

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Vodka Penne | DonalSkehan.com, Brilliant mid week dinner.

main-meals

Vodka Penne

Brilliant mid week dinner.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

350g dried penne

25g  butter

125g pancetta or bacon bits or 2 slices cooked ham, chopped

4 tablespoon vodka

200ml  double cream

3 tablespoon tomato purée

A small handful of fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

Saucepan

Large frying pan

 

20 mins
Serves 4

This recipe is inspired by the fantastic Lorraine Fanneran who runs the equally fantastic and award-winning La Cucina in Limerick with her Italian husband Bruno. She is an expert at delicious little pasta dishes and this one definitely proves that. Parents, don’t worry: the alcohol burns off in the cooking, and anyway, the kids will be mightily impressed that you’re giving them vodka. Lorraine suggests 4 tablespoons of vodka (plus a few in a glass for yourself depending on how bad your day has been!).

 

 

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan according to the instructions on the packet.
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the bacon and fry for 3–5 minutes until golden. Add the vodka and allow to simmer for a minute before adding the cream, tomato purée and parsley. Simmer gently for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
When the pasta is cooked, drain and add it to the sauce and mix through. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
20 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients

350g dried penne

25g  butter

125g pancetta or bacon bits or 2 slices cooked ham, chopped

4 tablespoon vodka

200ml  double cream

3 tablespoon tomato purée

A small handful of fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

You'll Need

Saucepan

Large frying pan

 

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  • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

    Nice tip!

  • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

    Hope you like it! Ps Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

    Great to hear!

  • clara h. homburger

    made it today for dinner! everyone absolutely loved it, my mom even made me write it down in her recipe notebook :)

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Great to hear!

  • Robin Ludvig Isomaa

    Very interested to try it, but what could you use instead of pancetta if you would make a vegetarian version?

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      You can just leave it out! :)

  • Yadin Yin

    Tried this at a dinner party…it was a hit! Crowd favorite!!!!

  • Krystal

    I bought absolut kurant for the vodka sauce.. Hope it works??

  • Jason Nguyen

    what if you want to serve 6 people?

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Just add extra ingredients! :)

  • Aaron Ho

    what can you use if double cream is unavaliable?

    • http://www.donalskehan.com/ Donal Skehan

      Single or whipping cream would work fine! :)

  • Stephanie O’Halloran

    added prawns to it and it was amazing