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VODKA PASTA

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804,329 views  Vodka pasta is one of those delicious dishes which is faaar greater than the sum of its parts. This is a tough one to beat on any day of the week.

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INGREDIENTS

for the Basic alla Vodka Ingredients:

for the Basic alla Vodka Ingredients:

dried penne

8 oz dried penne

kosher salt + more to taste

1 tbsp kosher salt + more to taste

neutral oil

2 tbsp neutral oil

yellow onion, diced

0.5 yellow onion, diced

garlic cloves, minced or crushed

2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed

crushed red pepper flakes

¼ - ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

tomato paste

3 oz tomato paste

vodka

1 oz vodka

heavy cream

3 oz heavy cream

parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

1 oz parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

for the Advanced alla Vodka Ingredients:

for the Advanced alla Vodka Ingredients:

neutral oil

¼ cup neutral oil

pancetta, diced

4 oz pancetta, diced

yellow onion, chopped

0.5 yellow onion, chopped

garlic cloves, minced or crushed

2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed

crushed calabrian chili peppers

2 tsp crushed calabrian chili peppers

sundried tomato paste

3 tbsp sundried tomato paste

(14 oz) tomato puree

1 can (14 oz) tomato puree

dried mezzi rigatoni

8 oz dried mezzi rigatoni

kosher salt + more to taste

1 tbsp kosher salt + more to taste

vodka

2 tbsp vodka

heavy cream

3 oz heavy cream

pecorino romano cheese, grated

½ oz pecorino romano cheese, grated

parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

½ oz parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To garnish: chopped basil or parsley

To garnish: chopped basil or parsley

DIRECTIONS

1.

for the Basic alla Vodka

1.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Add the dried pasta and cook until the pasta is about 1 minute shy of al dente.

dried penne

8 oz dried penne

kosher salt + more to taste

1 tbsp kosher salt + more to taste

2.

Meanwhile, add the oil to a large high-wallet skillet and heat over medium heat.

neutral oil

2 tbsp neutral oil

3.

Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

yellow onion, diced

0.5 yellow onion, diced

4.

Add the garlic, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes to the skillet and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the tomato paste deepens in color, about 2 minutes.

garlic cloves, minced or crushed

2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed

tomato paste

3 oz tomato paste

crushed red pepper flakes

¼ - ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

5.

Stir in the vodka and heavy cream. Transfer the par-cooked pasta to the sauce. Add reserved pasta cooking water, ¼ cup at a time, as necessary until the sauce is glossy and coating the pasta.

vodka

1 oz vodka

heavy cream

3 oz heavy cream

6.

Turn of the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese. Then, season the pasta to taste with salt and pepper.

parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

1 oz parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

7.

Serve and garnish with more parmesan cheese.

parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

8.

for the Advanced alla Vodka Method:

1.

Heat the oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until the fat has rendered out and the meat is crispy, 3-5 minutes.

neutral oil

¼ cup neutral oil

pancetta, diced

4 oz pancetta, diced

2.

Using a slotted spoon, remove the crispy pancetta and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate or bowl. Reserve about ¼ cup of the rended fat in the skillet.

3.

Add the onion to the skillet and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

yellow onion, chopped

0.5 yellow onion, chopped

4.

Add the garlic, calabrian chilis, and tomato paste to the skillet and cook for 30 seconds or until the garlic is fragrant.

garlic cloves, minced or crushed

2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed

crushed calabrian chili peppers

2 tsp crushed calabrian chili peppers

sundried tomato paste

3 tbsp sundried tomato paste

5.

Add the tomato puree to the skillet and stir to combine. Once the mixture is bubbling, turn the heat to medium low and continue to cook for 30-45 minutes or until the mixture is reduced and thickened to the consistency of tomato paste

(14 oz) tomato puree

1 can (14 oz) tomato puree

6.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Add the dried pasta and cook until the pasta is about 1 minute shy of al dente.

dried mezzi rigatoni

8 oz dried mezzi rigatoni

7.

Stir in the vodka and heavy cream. Transfer the par-cooked pasta to the sauce. Add reserved pasta cooking water, ¼ cup at a time, as necessary until the sauce is glossy and coating the pasta.

vodka

2 tbsp vodka

heavy cream

3 oz heavy cream

8.

Turn of the heat and stir in the cheeses. Then, season the pasta to taste with salt and pepper.

pecorino romano cheese, grated

½ oz pecorino romano cheese, grated

parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

½ oz parmesan cheese, grated + more to garnish

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

kosher salt + more to taste

1 tbsp kosher salt + more to taste

9.

Serve and garnish with the reserved crispy pancetta, more cheese, and chopped herbs of choice.

To garnish: chopped basil or parsley

To garnish: chopped basil or parsley

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