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Penne alla Vodka




PENNE alla VODKA
Maggiano's Little Italy Recipe

Serves 6-8

2 tablespoons quality olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 thick slices domestic prosciutto, chopped into small pieces to equal 1 cup
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fine ground black pepper
8 tablespoons butter, divided
12 oz. fresh cremini mushrooms, cut in quarters
1/8 teaspoon crushed chili pepper flakes
1/2 cup quality vodka
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 boxes penne pasta
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese

In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the oil. Saute the onions for 5 minutes until golden. Add the garlic and prosciutto and cook for another 2 minutes. Next add the crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir in the oregano, basil and pepper and simmer for 1 hour. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Saute the mushrooms and pepper flakes until the mushrooms are golden.

Take the skillet off the heat and slowly add the vodka, cooking on low for 5 minutes. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. When hot, pour the cream mixture into the tomato mixture and stir. Simmer the sauce to blend the flavors while cooking the pasta. In a large pot add 6 quarts of water and Kosher salt. When rapidly boiling add the pasta and cook about 15 minutes. Drain very well other wise your sauce will be watery. Melt the other 4 tablespoons of butter in a deep skillet. Pour in the pasta to glaze. Add the Parmesan Reggiano cheese and mix well. Stir in 1/3 of the sauce mixture. Top each plate with some additional sauce.

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