‘You Won’t Be Single For Long’ Penne Alla Vodka

by Rachael Ray 11:26 AM, February 16, 2017

Aired August 11, 2017

Serves 4

After making this recipe on Oprah, many women wrote in to Rach telling her that they've gotten engaged after cooking this dish for their boyfriends -- hence the name of the recipe: You Won't Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta!


1/4 cup EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4-pound chunk prosciutto di Parma, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 onion, finely chopped
1 rib celery from the heart with leafy tops, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1 cup vodka, such as Tito’s organic
1 28- to 32-ounce can D.O.P. Italian tomatoes
1 cup passata, tomato purée or tomato sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream
A few leaves of basil, torn
1 pound penne rigate
Freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add prosciutto and render 2 minutes. Add onions, celery, garlic, salt and pepper; partially cover and cook until very tender, 10-12 minutes. Add vodka and reduce by half. Add tomatoes and passata, and simmer 20 minutes to cook the tomatoes down. Add cream and basil, and reduce heat to low.

Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt water, drop pasta and cook one minute less than al dente. 

Add half a cup of starchy cooking water to the sauce just before draining. Add drained pasta to the sauce and toss to combine; adjust salt and pepper.
Serve penne in shallow bowls topped with cheese.


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