Wednesday, December 8, 2010

So simple and delicious.

We have made this many times, but for some reason it was better than ever last night!  Unfortunately my camera battery was charging when I wanted to photograph our full bowls, so I had to use the one shown with the recipe.   If you haven't made this before, you must.


  • 5 large tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. penne
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Leaves from 3 or 4 large fresh flat-leaf parsley
      sprigs, coarsely chopped


1.  Peel and seed the tomatoes, then cut them into small dice. If the tomatoes are very juicy, drain them for about 10 minutes in a colander. Set aside.

2.  In a large fry pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté until just starting to turn golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the stovetop and add the vodka. Return the pan to medium heat and cook until reduced by half. Add the tomatoes, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt the boiling water, add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender but firm to the bite), 10 to 12 minutes. Drain well and add the pasta to the fry pan.

4.  Add the cream and cook, stirring, over medium heat until the pasta is well coated with the sauce, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Pour into a warmed large, shallow bowl. Add the parsley and toss briefly. Serve immediately.
Serves 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Pasta, by Erica De Mane (Simon & Schuster, 2001).


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Im bookmarking this for sure. Yum!

Torrie said...

A perfect title- this looks "so simple and delicious"!!

Ana Degenaar said...

Ooh! That sounds like something I need to make!!!! Delicious!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Mmm yum, sounds delish!

Sarah@Designmarc said...

Oh yummy!! That will be made in this house tomorrow! I have actually used that same recipe before and you are right, it is so simple and delicious!! Thanks for the reminder!

Bestie said...

Love vodka pasta. I will be trying this recipe this week! Yummy.