Vegetarian Penne alla Vodka
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Vegetarian Penne alla Vodka

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Serves 4

A hearty vegetarian spin on classic Italian penne alla vodka

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  • olive oil (enough to coat large saucepan)
  • 2 medium size sweet onions
  • 6-8 gloves garlic (adjust to taste)
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 225 ml vodka
  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 225 ml thick pasta sauce
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • thick sliced bread to serve


    1. Roughly dice onion and garlic, set aside. Roughly dice tomatoes. Do not deseed. Set aside.
    2. Fill a large pot three quarters of the way with water. Add 1 tsp salt, bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the penne to the water and cook according to the packaging, usually 9 to 11 minutes.
    3. While waiting for the water to boil, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and onions. Heat over medium heat 5-8 minutes until slightly softened, stirring frequently.
    4. Add tomatoes to saucepan, cook 5 more minutes.
    5. Reduce heat to medium. Add vodka to the saucepan and reduce for 15 minutes.
    6. Reduce heat to low. Slowly stir in heavy cream and pasta sauce. Heat through.
    7. Serve over the cooked penne with sliced bread.

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