If there is one thing that I can never get tired of eating, it's a good and hearty plate of pasta! It's so comforting, delicious and when the sauce is done right, it can take it up so many notches.
This Penne Alla Vodka is a very classic dish! It's creamy and smooth in the best way possible and it's enriched with the salty-porkiness of bacon and finished with fresh bursts of basil and parsley. This pasta really has it all! Serve this 30-minute dinner up any night of the week and it will be a hit every time!
As is often the case with classic recipes, there is much debate as to where the recipe came from and who was the first to create it. Of all the origin stories, to me, the most logical origin story was that vodka sauce was created by a Roman chef, who was sponsored by a vodka company. Obviously he wanted to increase the popularity of vodka in Italy, so, what better way than to create a fantastic dish that featured that very same ingredient? Sounds pretty logical to me.
The beauty of using vodka in the sauce, whether intentional or by luck, was that it actually enhances the sauce in two important ways. The vodka, having a high acidity level, helps to cut through the richness of the cream, bacon and cheese, providing balance, while also mellowing out the natural sweetness from the tomato base. In addition, the vodka also serves as a binder to help emulsify the pork fat to the rest of the sauce.The vodka truly serves as the ingredient that pulls the whole dish together.
When making this recipe, there are limitless ways of adapting it to how you want. The ingredients I listed are what I like to put in my Vodka Sauce but you can make any variation you wish! Don't have shallots handy? Swap it out with onions. This is what also make this recipe great for weeknight, easy meals. Here's what you need:
This Penne Alla Vodka is the perfect dinner to serve up any day of the week! It also makes for great levtovers and you could even prepare the sauce in advance.
Cheers and eat well!
This smooth and creamy Penne Alla Vodka is the perfect cozy meal and is done in 40 minutes max! Enriched with the salty-porkiness of bacon and finished with fresh bursts of basil and parsley, this pasta has it all!
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