Penne a la Vodka

1 lb. penne pasta, cooked

Red Sauce:

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

2 Tbsp. olive oil

½ chopped onion

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. crushed garlic

¾ cup canned crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

White Sauce:

1 ½ cups heavy cream

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ cup grated parmesan

2 Tbsp. vodka (optional)

Prepare the red sauce first. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté onions in butter and olive oil until translucent. Add basil, oregano, and garlic to the onions. Mix well with a wooden spoon and cover pot. Allow onions to simmer in the spices for about 3 minutes. Uncover pan and add canned tomatoes. Add salt and pepper. Mix well, lower heat and partially cover pot. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 20-25 minutes.

To prepare the white sauce, place the heavy cream in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Allow the cream to come to a boil. Reduce heat and add garlic and parmesan cheese. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes until it thickens slightly. If you would like a thicker sauce, add more parmesan cheese.

When the white sauce has finished simmering, raise the heat to medium-high. Add red sauce to white sauce. Using a wooden spoon, stir the two sauces together until you get a very pink sauce. Add the vodka and let sauce simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour over hot penne. Mix pasta with sauce until well coated. Serve with extra parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

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