Penne A La Vodka W Proscuitto And PeasFrom divaliscious 9 years ago
- 3/4 pound penne pasta shopping list
- 10 slices of prosciutto de Parma (American prosciutto ok to use if budget doesn't allow) !! Ask butcher/deli person, to slice it thicker than normally, say 1/32"-1/16" thick shopping list
- 1 and 1/2-2 cups of freshly grated Parmasean de Reggiano cheese (please no green can stuff cheese ok?) shopping list
- 2 cups frozen peas shopping list
- 2 cups heavy cream, (light cream and half-n-half ok to use) shopping list
- 1 small can of tomato paste shopping list
- 1 medium onion diced small shopping list
- 2 cloves garlic minced shopping list
- 2 tablespoons olive oil shopping list
- 1 tablespoon butter shopping list
- kosher salt and fresh crack pepper shopping list
- 2 shakes of crushed red pepper shopping list
- 1/2 cup vodka - more if you had a bad day, in a separate glass of course... shopping list
- 1 cup of reserved pasta water shopping list
- Equipment needed: Deep skillet to make sauce in and large enough to add cooked pasta in later (I use my "Le Creuset" deep frying pan since I can bring it right to the table"), and pot for pasta to boil in. Also needed is a whisk and pasta strainer. shopping list
How to make it
- Put water in pot to boil for pasta. Once at a rolling boil, then add dash of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of salt.
- Get out your skillet, start to heat it up on low without any oil in it at first.
- While skillet heats up on low, dice up that onion and slice and dice up prosciutto.
- Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter to skillet and bring heat up to medium-medium high, once butter is bubbling, add diced onions and sauté till almost translucent.
- Grate cheese at this point and set aside momentarily.
- Add prosciutto, crushed red pepper and freshly cracked black pepper and let it brown slightly - maybe five minutes, at this point throw the pasta into salted and boiling water and set your timer for 10 minutes.
- Add garlic to skillet, continue to sauté 2 minutes.
- Next turn off heat from under skillet for a moment, carefully add 1/2 cup vodka. Take second sip of your own vodka from your glass and return to paying some attention to what's in the skillet.
- Put heat back under skillet to medium-high.
- With whisk, scrape bottom of skillet to get all those great extra bits I like to call "flavor enhancers" that have formed from the sugars of the onions and prosciutto.
- Keep stirring till vodka is almost 1/2 evaporated (roughly 3 minutes) and add that can of tomato paste you forgot to open before, put heat on medium low, continue stirring.
- Take another sip from your glass and stir up that penne pasta so it doesn't stick, ok you are doing a great job so far! Now, back to the skillet.
- After 3-4 minutes, add cream, whisk to incorporate cream into what's cooking in your skillet.
- Once cream starts to bubble, add 1 cup of grated cheese, and stir some more.
- Taste-test penne pasta, it should be "al dente" but at least cooked through (no white inner rings). Drain pasta but try to reserve at least one cup of the pasta water.
- Throw peas into sauce along with pasta. Call troops to table.
- If sauce is too thick, you can "stretch it" by adding some of the pasta water or if you are feeling a little dangerous and naughty, add a little more cream.
- Taste-test sauce, add salt to your liking.
- Serve your dish proudly, tell them someone else has to clean up and get ready to be bowed down to...relish in your royal achievements and have someone else fix you up another glass - hey you had a bad day right? Well you are off to having a fantastic night starting with this amazing dish! Enjoy!
- Use the remaining grated cheese to top off your plated dishes. Add a little minced fresh parsley for a restaurant flare look.
The Cookdivaliscious Dutchess County, NY
The Rating5 people
I made this recipe last night (without the peas), and oh my goodness!!! This was better than what I used to get when I lived up in New York. I will make this again and again.auntsueny in loved it
I have everything except the heavy cream,will get some in the morning, and will be making this for dinner tomorrow. If it tastes as good as it sounds, it'll be a regular on our table.You have my 5 forks and a big thank-you for sharing.....Bobrobertg in loved it
Made this last night and seeing that I had some vermouth and blue cheese filled olives,had a couple martini's.Mary and I enjoyed the meal and it will be made again.Thanks for a great post.LOL....Bobrobertg in loved it