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Penne in Creamy Red vodka sauce

Cooking is something I have always love to do. As with most ladies my age, my grandparents, aunts, uncles all taught me what they know about cooking. My mom threw in her special touch too. at the time I was being taught some fancier things with food (I was 12)  I really wasn't interested. Why should I, mom cooked my meals and why would I want wine in my sauce? YUK.

Well, I am all grown up and as of the age of 21 (when I had my first child), I decided it was time to start bringing out all I was taught. Plus I'm not the only kid in my family that loved to cook. My brother does too and he takes it seriously like I do, he is an amazing cook.

My Aunts and Grandparents (mothers) are the ones that taught me how to cook the "old" way.
Something not too many people can fathom (millennial), it's called cooking from scratch...   GASP.
NOTHING comes from boxes, and as much as possible we use fresh produce, hand made/ homemade.   We would buy our flours, sugars, corn starch, milk, etc from the Amish if we didn't have a family making these things themselves.  We didn't use boxed cake mixes, we did that ourselves. We even made our own vanilla flavoring... We used to make our own cheese from fresh milk. Yes, people still do that. What you thought cheese came wrapped in a piece of plastic in slices?

anyway, I move on to the recipe... This is amazing. One of my best yet. No, it's not original, Just modified from the original: Credit to Fine Cooking for a recipe that I toyed with here

                                         Penne in Creamy Red vodka sauce

See the link below for the YOUTUBE video of this recipe

Personally, I like to have everything ready, measured out and waiting for me on the countertop in little bowls/containers Before I begin a recipe.  Being well prepared means rare mistakes.

Please read all directions also before you begin. I do things a bit different than others may do it.

What you need

2-3 cups water for pasta
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Small onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic minced
3 fresh tomatoes -or 2 can crushed tomato (separate from juice)
1 cup of water for sauce (or use pasta water)
2 tsp. fresh oregano
1 tsp. thyme
2 tsp. fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chicken (or veg) broth
2 cups cream (whipping cream, or half & half)
1/4 cup vodka
1 small box penne
1/4 cup grated Parmigiana
1/4 C chopped parsley

Included in the pre-setup, is Finely chopping the Garlic and the Onion. Put those in bowls and set aside.

To stew fresh tomato's.

First put in boiling water
let tomato's boil for 5 minutes, turn off the heat, take tomatoes out of juice.
Keep tomato juice in pot (you're going to cook the Penne in it )
in a separate bowl, first, remove the skins, grab with finger and pull off
Make sure to get it all. Then you are going to chop the flesh up into little
tiny diced pieces and set aside in a small bowl (no juice) You need it later

Leave the juice in the pot because now we are going to cook the penne in it.

Pour the box of penne in the pot of tomato juice
add about 3 cups water - or whatever the pasta box calls for
  • Don't scoff, this is what give your pasta more flavor
  • OH and don't forget to salt & Pepper to taste here
Follow directions on the box for cooking time.

 when the pasta is done
remove pasta from tomato/water (do not pour out yet)
setting it aside in a bowl, pour enough of the water/juice
onto pasta to keep it fresh, set aside

Reserve 1 cup of juice from pasta for the sauce
Throw out the rest.

In the pasta pot (after removing pasta)
Pour the cream, all herbs, water, vodka, diced tomato and
chicken broth into the pot
Set on medium heat until bubbly, then reduce heat to med/low
Let simmer for 20 minutes or so.

Take the Pasta and add it to the pot
You may want to taste test at this point to see if it needs more salt or pepper
Stir for a couple minutes. Turn off heat.
Serve up hot with Parmigiana cheese sprinkled on top.

Tip:  Sides:
 butter up some Italian bread, toast it in the oven until gently
Tan looking. 

It pairs up nicely with a Rose wine

Serve and Enjoy

Watch the YouTube Recipe (while it's being made) Video

Product Review:

 See the post on the Review of the Garlic press & garlic skin remover
Video review on YouTube HERE

*Disclosure:  I was given this item at a discount so that I may test the product and give feedback to the company on improving their product.  I always give the company/person my honest opinion be it good, bad or even ugly. I only work for companies that appreciate my honest opinion. 

#ad #review on Garlic press, masher.

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