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Easy Radiatori alla Vodka

Difficulty Level: Easy

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4 servings


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Radiatori pasta, or any other fun shape!

  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 shallot, finely chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 6 oz. tomato paste

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

  • 1/4 cup vodka

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated

  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta

  • 2 tbsp. Italian parsley, finely chopped

Tip: Calabro is my go to for ricotta, especially when I'm using it to top a pasta with. Smoked ricotta also tastes great with this recipe.


Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over low heat and sauté the chopped shallot until soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for a further 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

  2. Add the tomato paste, salt and sugar to the pan. Stir and let sit on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes until the tomato paste deepens in color.

  3. Add 1/4 cup of vodka to deglaze the pan. Stir until the vodka has fully evaporated, about 1-2 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream and Parmigiano. Add more salt to taste.

  5. Once the water is boiling, add plenty of salt. Cook the pasta until it’s al dente. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta water.

  6. Strain the pasta and add it to the pan along with the vodka sauce and 1/4 cup pasta water. Toss on high heat until the pasta is fully coated in the sauce. Add more pasta water as needed, 1/4 cup at a time.

  7. Plate and top with ricotta and parsley and serve!

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