Spicy Vodka Penne


16 oz Pastene Italian Penne Rigate
¼ cup Pastene Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp Pastene Minced Garlic
1 small shallot, minced (about ¼ cup)
½ cup Pastene Tomato Paste
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp vodka
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp butter
½ cup Pastene Grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for garnish
basil, chopped, as garnish
salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water drain well and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil, garlic and shallot. Cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook until it darkens a bit, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the vodka and cook through until evaporated. Add in the red pepper flakes. Stir until combined.
  • Add in the heavy cream and reduce the heat to medium low. Add the butter to the sauce until the butter has melted and then remove from heat.
  • Add pasta and the pasta water, if needed, to loosen the sauce. 
  • Add parmesan cheese and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Top with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and basil to serve.

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