Every time I see the classic Penne alla Vodka on a menu in Italy I wonder how it came about to have a tomato sauce laced with Vodka and cream. One story goes that a Roman chef was bribed by a Russian importer to create a dish to include his Vodka. However it came to be, this sauce is smooth and savory. Pop open a beautiful Brunello di Montalcino from Madonna Nera and that’s Amore!
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1 32-ounce Can of Imported Italian Tomatoes, crushed
6 Garlic Cloves, sliced thinly
1/2 cup Heavy Cream, or non-dairy alternative, I like Oatly
1/2 cup Vodka
3 tablespoons EVOO
1 cup Parmesan or Violife Plant-Based Parmesan Cheese, grated
Pinch of Red Chili Pepper Flakes
Pinch of Sea Salt
Handful of Italian Parsley, chopped