I used my handy UTEN food chopper to prep the onion and garlic - that gadget is great! In less than 2 minutes I had both all chopped and ready for the pan. If you missed out on the chopper, follow the link to the post where I gave my review.
There are not a lot of ingredients in the recipe, here's a photograph of a few that you will use. You only need one quarter cup of vodka so if you aren't a vodka drinker, just grab one of those little nippers from the package store.
- 1 box penne pasta
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1 cup red sauce (your favorite marinara or spaghetti)
- 1 - 14.5 oz. can whole Italian tomatoes
- 2 bell peppers (any colors you like)
- 1 small sweet onion
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- Get your pasta water cooking. Cook the pasta el dente according to the box directions.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare your onion and garlic. Open your can of tomatoes. Set aside.
- Also remove the seeds and white veins of the peppers and cut up into large bite sized pieces. Set aside.
- Get a large skillet heating over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Let this heat up for a minute then add the garlic and onions with a bit of salt and black pepper. Cook and stir until the onions are softening and the garlic is emitting its' aroma.
- Add the vodka and stir and cook down for a minute or so.
- Add in the can of tomatoes and break them down as you add them to the pan or use a wooden spoon.
- Next, add in the crushed red pepper flakes. Stir. Then add in your cup of sauce. Stir.
- Cook over low heat until the peppers start to soften, about 20-25 minutes.
- Drain your pasta and add it to the pan, stir and cook until the pasta is nice and coated and has a chance to absorb some of the flavors.
- Taste and adjust for additional salt or pepper.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25
Cost: approximately $8.65, feeding 4 for $2.16 each, or six for $1.44 each.
This is a full, complete and inexpensive meal. It is hearty and satisfying and very flavorful. My number one critic liked it too!