Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 2-4 servings
3/4 lb. thin spaghetti, bronze cut
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 fresh mozzarella, chopped or cubed
2 tbsp. Italian parsley, finely chopped
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.
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.
Add 1/4 cup of vodka to deglaze the pan. Stir until the vodka has fully evaporated, about 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream and Parmigiano. Add more salt to taste.
Once the water is boiling, add plenty of salt. Cook the pasta until it’s al dente. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta water.
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.
Using pasta tongs and a ladle, twirl the spaghetti into tiny nests and plate. Top with mozzarella and Italian parsley.