Laura’s Amazing Penne Vodka Recipe

Penne Vodka Ingredients and Supply list

Ingredients:

  1. Box of penne pasta (specifically the kind with the ridges as the sauce clings better to the ridges)
  2. garlic 2-3 cloves depending on size and preference 
  3. salt
  4. black pepper (fresh ground is nice but regular if fine)
  5. olive oil
  6. 4 oz Package of chopped pancetta or speck (aka Italian bacon) you generally find it in the deli section of the supermarket any brand will do  you can substitute about 4-6 pieces of bacon ( if you are vegetarian eliminate this part)
  7.  Parmesan cheese or Parmesan / Romano cheese that is grated. Jarred kind is perfectly fine. If you have the cheese you can freshly grate over the top at the end it’s a nice touch, but by no means a requirement. 
  8. Fresh basil (way better than dried…trust me, you find it in the produce section) get a package or rip about 6 leaves off a plant you are growing
  9. Oregano dried is fine
  10. Vodka doesn’t have to be a particularly good brand. You can also use vodka flavored with lemon and it adds an interesting edge. I’ve not experimented with other vodka flavors
  11. heavy cream ( the pint size if fine)
  12. either a large yellow onion or 3 ish shallots…your choice whatever flavor you prefer (If you like a stronger earthy flavor go shallot, if you like sweeter go onion)
  13. If you like some heat red pepper flakes, but not a requirement
  14. One can of plum tomatoes 28 oz any brand. If you can’t find the whole tomatoes your next best bet is diced, anything else is too watery
  15. Italian bread to mop up sauce

Supplies

  1. cutting board, 
  2. chopping knife 
  3. slotted spoon to scoop out cooked pancetta
  4. can opener if your tomatoes are not in a pull top can
  5. something to grate garlic with or you can chop it
  6. Large bowl- to mix and crush tomatoes
  7. small bowl– to hold pancetta once cooked
  8. Measuring cup
  9. Large pot to boil a box worth of pasta
bowl of penne vodka

Laura Byrne

Laura is an adventurous eater who dabbles in her grandfather’s Sicilian recipes. When not devouring a plate of friend artichokes, linguine Aglio e Olio, calamari, spiedini, sfogliatelle, or Struffoli…not all at once or even in that order, you can find her wandering about Northern NJ looking for a new food adventure.

Laura Byrne

Laura is an adventurous eater who dabbles in her grandfather’s Sicilian recipes. When not devouring a plate of friend artichokes, linguine Aglio e Olio, calamari, spiedini, sfogliatelle, or Struffoli…not all at once or even in that order, you can find her wandering about Northern NJ looking for a new food adventure.